“Maitland” was written by American composer George Nelson Allen and was first published in 1835. It is his best known melody and serves as the musical setting for several hymns, including “Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone?” and was adapted by Thomas A. Dorsey for the hymn, “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.”
I hope you enjoy this beautiful melody played on double strung harp!
Knowles Shaw wrote this hymn in 1874. The text is based on Psalm 126:6, which reads: “He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” It’s considered an American Gospel song and Protestant Christian hymn. Although Shaw did compose music for his lyrics, the hymn is most often sung to the tune played here, composed by George Minor in 1880.
Today I play Oriole (soprano) Recorder accompanied by ukulele, then solos on zither, lyre, and double strung harp. These solo instruments are all stringed instruments with a very similar range. However, you can hear that they have very different sounds, and the double strung harp can play lovely effects and arrangements that the zither and lyre cannot.
O hear this peaceful lullaby
That carries you to wondrous dreams
On horses with their manes that stream!
You ride them safely now in flight!
You travel far in sweet delight
Upon your brown or on your bay,
On dappled mare or on the gray.
You dream as high as horses leap,
Your own adventure while you sleep
From moonlit night to sunlit day!
Here is an early piano piece by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, “Minuet in F Major.” My double strung harp arrangement is based on the following video by Anne Crosby Gaudet. However, I modified one section, because my harp has no levers. Can you tell which section this is?
I hope you enjoy this much loved traditional English tune on double strung harp! But that’s not all! Since Scarborough is located on the North Sea coast, I also added the Koshi Aqua/water chime, Ocean Drum, cowrie shell shaker, and a mini rainstick shaker. Plus Oriole (soprano) recorder and deerskin frame drum, because why not?