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Jeremiah Ingalls is remembered primarily for his collection of early New England folk-hymns, The Christian Harmony (1805), which opens with the beautiful tune “Lovely Vine.” A setting of words from Joshua Smith’s Divine Hymns, the text—based on the Gospel of John—contemplates the divinity of God reflected in the natural world.


from Spring Bursts Today: A Celebration of Eastertide, released April 20, 2014
Behold a lovely vine

Here in this desert ground;
The blossoms shoot and promise fruit

And tender grapes are found.

Its circling branches rise

And shade the neighboring lands;
With lovely charms she spreads her arms

With clusters in her hands.

This city can’t be hid,
It’s built upon a hill;
The dazzling light it shines so bright

It doth the valleys fill.

Ye trees which lofty stand,
And stars with sparkling light;
Ye Christians hear both far and near,
‘Tis joy to see the sight.

Shall feeble nature sing,
And man not join the lays?
With lofty voice proclaim the joys

And join in songs of praise!

Glory to God on high,
For his redeeming grace;
The blessed dove came from above

To save our ruined race.

from Divine Hymns (1800), edited by Joshua Smith



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