Cleansing Fountain - Cooper Book Sacred Harp

The Lees leading the singing at Mt. Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church. The hymn text is by William Cowper (1731-1800), a companion of John Newton (“Amazing Grace”). Cowper (pronounced “Cooper”) was miserable for much of his life with scruples and the conviction that he was doomed. However, others came to his assistance and he was one of the composers of the Olney Hymns. You haven’t lived until you’ve been singing these tunes, surrounded by others doing likewise. It honestly feels like flying.

By the way, don’t try to understand the words the first time through the tune - they’re singing the solf├Ęge syllables!  Want to know more about shape note music - why not head over to

Thankful for so much - for friends and family, for salvation history, for music!


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