There Is a Balm in Gilead
William C. Witherup

Composer Spiritual, arr. William C. Witherup
Text Spiritual
Voicing Two-part choir, keyboard
Topic Comfort & Encouragement
Price $2.25 (U.S.)
Length 2' 45" Released 3/17
Catalog no. 420-673
Difficulty Mod. easy

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Anthem text
There is a balm in Gilead
to make the wounded whole;
there is a balm in Gilead
to heal the sin-sick soul.

Sometimes I feel discouraged
and think my work’s in vain,
but then the Holy Spirit
revives my soul again.

If you cannot sing like angels,
if you cannot preach like Paul,
you can tell the love of Jesus,
and say “He died for all.”

–traditional Spiritual

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William Witherup has arranged the traditional spiritual of comfort and healing in a lyrical manner for two-part mixed voices with keyboard. The harp-like accompaniment supports the simple, often imitative, vocal textures, making this an ideal anthem for smaller choirs or a summer Sunday.


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