Sheet Music from May. 1, 1866

In memoriam Abraham Lincoln

  • Full Title

    In memoriam Abraham Lincoln: National Chant

  • Description

    Choral work honoring President Lincoln's legacy that features four part chorus, a soprano solo, and a solo vocal quartet, with piano or organ accompaniment. It is dedicated "To a Mourning World" and sets an "exquisite and popular poem" by W. Dexter Smith. Part of the Library of Congress Civil War Sheet Music Collection, associated with the Union side.

  • Transcription

    [Chorus]
    Columbia weeps! Columbia weeps!
    Her cherished son,
    Who struck her fetters to the ground,
    Who saved the land of Washington,
    Has passed from earth's most distant bound;
    Has passed from earth's most distant bound

    [Soprano solo]
    His spirit went to realms on high,
    His dust, alone, the earth could claim,
    His memory will never die
    While freemen live to bless his name,
    His memory will never die
    While freemen live to bless his name.

    [Solo quartet]
    Columbia swears, anew, her vow
    To guard the birthright of the free;
    Unsheathed her sword of Justice, now
    Since Mercy, since Mercy fell by Tyranny

    [Solo and chorus]
    Our nations hopes and fears alike
    Are with the land our fathers trod,
    And while for Freedom, now, we strike,
    Our future is alone with God!
    And while for Freedom, now, we strike,
    Our future is alone with God! alone with God!

  • Source

    Library of Congress Classification M1640.K

  • Rights

    Public Domain. Suggested credit line: Civil War Sheet Music Collection, Library of Congress, Music Division.

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  • Cite this Item

    Keller, M. (composer); Smith Jr., W. Dexter (lyricist). "In memoriam Abraham Lincoln: National Chant". New York: Wm. Hall & Son, 1866. Remembering Lincoln. Web. Accessed November 22, 2017. http://rememberinglincoln.fords.org/node/1028