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Sunday, March 31, 2013

A Hymn Rendition & A Black Gospel Rendition of "Revive Us Again"

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases one hymn rendition & one Gospel rendition of the song "Revive Us Again". The standard lyrics and the lyrics to a Gospel arrangement of this hymn are also included in this post.

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STANDARD LYRICS TO "REVIVE US AGAIN"
composer - William Paton Mackay (1839-1885)

We praise Thee, O God!
For the Son of Thy love,
For Jesus Who died,
And is now gone above.

Refrain:
Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
Hallelujah! Amen.
Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
Revive us again.

We praise Thee, O God!
For Thy Spirit of light,
Who hath shown us our Savior,
And scattered our night.

Refrain

All glory and praise
To the Lamb that was slain,
Who hath borne all our sins,
And hath cleansed every stain.

Refrain

All glory and praise
To the God of all grace,
Who hast brought us, and sought us,
And guided our ways.

Refrain

Revive us again;
Fill each heart with Thy love;
May each soul be rekindled
With fire from above.

Refrain
-snip-
From http://www.sharefaith.com/guide/Christian-Music/hymns-the-songs-and-the-stories/revive-us-again-the-song-and-the-story.html
That website also includes this Biblical verse which may have been the inspiration for this song:
"Wilt Thou not revive us again: that Thy people may rejoice in Thee?” (Psalm 85:6)

VIDEO OF A HYMN RENDITION OF "REVIVE US AGAIN"

Revive Us Again - Prestonwood Choir & Orchestra



Josephpianoplayer, Uploaded on May 3, 2011

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VIDEO OF A GOSPEL RENDITION OF "REVIVE US AGAIN"

Revive Us Again (Perry's Temple Choir-Wilson,NC)



Joseph Baker, Uploaded on Nov 28, 2009
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I echo several commenters on this video's viewer comment thread that this rendition is very much like the one that I recall hearing and singing at my church in the 1950s and early sixties. (an African American Babtist church in Atlantic City, New Jersey). The only difference is that we also sang the last verse of the standard lyrics, and I can't recall us singing the section that I labeled the 2nd refrain.)

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LYRICS TO THIS FEATURED GOSPEL RENDITION

REVIVE US AGAIN

Verse:
Altos -We praise Thee, O God!
For the Son of Thy love,
Sopranos- For Jesus Who died,
And is now gone above.

1st Refrain:
Sopranos- Hallelujah!
Other Voices- Hallelujah, Thine the glory.
Sopranos- Hallelujah!
Other Voices- Hallelujah Amen.
Sopranos - Hallelujah!
Other Voices- Hallelujah, Thine the glory.
All- Revive us again.

Sing same verse as above [add claps after the first line, continue that clapping pattern throughout]

Sing 1st refrain.

Sing 2nd refrain:
Hallelujah!
Hallelujah!
Hallelujah!
Hallelujah
Hallelujah!
Hallelujah!
Revive us again.

Sing verse.

Sing 1st refrain.

Sing 2nd refrain.
Hallelujah!
Hallelujah!
Hallelujah!
Hallelujah !
Hallelujah!
Hallelujah
Revive us again.

[repeat this entire section 3x and then end with]
Revive us again.
Revive us again.
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Transcription by Azizi Powell from the video given above. Additions and corrections are welcome.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND THANKS
Thanks to William Paton Mackay for his composition of this song. Thanks also to the arrangers of these renditions, and to the vocalists and musicians who are featured in these videos. My thanks also to the producers of and publishers of these videos.

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4 comments:

  1. I was a student at Carnegie Mellon University from '77 to '79 and we'd formed a small group called the Spirit Ensemble. This was one of the songs we sang. I came across your treatise in my search for lyrics true to how we sang it. Thank you so much for allowing me to back to that wonderful time in my life. Hilary

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    1. You're welcome, Hillary.

      As a resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for almost fifty plus years, I'm very familiar with Carnegie Mellon University. However, unfortunately I didn't know about the Spirit Ensemble until I read your comment.

      I couldn't find information any information about that group via Google search. It appears as if it no longer is active :(

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  2. Good morning. No, I'd be very surprised if you found anything about us on the internet. We were just a group of college kids who wanted to minister with songs. We were from different states and came together at CMU. We connected with someone from the Pittsburgh area and they connected us with some churches.

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    1. Thanks for that information, ssaphire60.

      I'm curious. Were the members of your group Black students at CMU?

      In 1980-1981 (or around those years) I was the "minority student adviser" at then Carlow College (now Carlow University) in Pittsburgh, PA. Some years after I left that college to work the adoption field, I found out that some Black students at that predominately White college had founded a Gospel choir. There's also probably no information about that choir.

      My guess is that similar groups existed at quite a few other predominately White colleges and universities in the USA and elsewhere.

      Best wishes!

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