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[The chariot rode on the mountain top]

Composer: Joseph T. Jones; Melva W. Costen Meter: Irregular Appears in 11 hymnals Hymnal Title: The Presbyterian Hymnal Tune Key: D Major Incipit: 56111 56553 5633 Used With Text: Great Day!

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Great Day!

Meter: Irregular Appears in 13 hymnals Hymnal Title: The Presbyterian Hymnal First Line: The chariot rode on the mountain top Lyrics: Refrain: Great day! Great day, the righteous marching, Great day! God's going to build up Zion's walls. 1 The chariot rode on the mountaintop, God's going to build up Zion's walls. My God spoke and the chariot did stop. God's going to build up Zion's walls. Oh, (Refrain) 2 This is the day of Jubilee, God's going to build up Zion's walls. God shall set the people free. God's going to build up Zion's walls. Oh, (Refrain) Used With Tune: [The chariot rode on the mountain top] Text Sources: African-American spiritual

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Great Day

Hymnal: African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #408 (2011) Meter: Irregular with refrain Hymnal Title: African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal First Line: Chariot rode on the mountaintop Refrain First Line: Great day! Great day, the righteous marching Lyrics: Refrain: Great day! Great day, the righteous marching; Great day! God's going to build up Zion's walls! Great day! Great day, the righteous marching; Great day! God's going to build up Zion's walls! 1 Chariot rode on the mountain top, God's going to build up Zion's walls! My God spoke and the chariot did stop, God's goin' to build up Zion's walls! [Refrain] 2 This is the day of jubilee, God's going to build up Zion's walls! The Lord has set His people free, God's going to build up Zion's walls! [Refrain] 3 We want no cowards in our band, God’s going to build up Zion’s walls! We call for valiant-hearted men, God’s going to build up Zion’s walls! [Refrain] 4 Goin't 'take my breastplate, sword and shield, God’s going to build up Zion’s walls! And march out boldly in the field, God’s going to build up Zion’s walls! [Refrain] Topics: The Christian Life Victory; Joy; Victory; Zion Scripture: Deuteronomy 33:25 Languages: English Tune Title: GREAT DAY
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Great Day

Hymnal: Gospel Pearls #145 (1921) Hymnal Title: Gospel Pearls First Line: Chariot rode on the mountain top Refrain First Line: Great day! Great day, the righteous marching Languages: English Tune Title: [Chariot rode on the mountain top]
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Great Day

Hymnal: Lift Every Voice and Sing II #5 (1993) Hymnal Title: Lift Every Voice and Sing II First Line: Chariot rode on the mountaintop Refrain First Line: Great day! Lyrics: Refrain: Great day! Great day, the righteous marching. Great day. God’s going to build up Zion’s walls. 1 Chariot rode on the mountaintop, God’s going to build up Zion’s walls! My God spoke and the chariot did stop, God’s going to build up Zion’s walls! [Refrain] 2 This is the day of jubilee, God’s going to build up Zion’s walls! The Lord has set His people free, God’s going to build up Zion’s walls! [Refrain] 3 We want no cowards in our band, God’s going to build up Zion’s walls! We call for valiant hearted men, God’s going to build up Zion’s walls! [Refrain] 4 Going to take my breast plate, sword, and shield, God’s going to build up Zion’s walls! And march out boldly in the field, God’s going to build up Zion’s walls! [Refrain] Topics: Advent Languages: English Tune Title: [Chariot rode on the mountaintop]

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Robert O. Hoffelt

b. 1920 Person Name: Robert O. Hoffelt, 1920- Hymnal Title: African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal Arranger of "GREAT DAY" in African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal

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Hymnal Title: Gospel Pearls Arranger of "[Chariot rode on the mountain top]" in Gospel Pearls

J. Jefferson Cleveland

1937 - 1986 Person Name: J. Jefferson Cleveland (1937-1988) Hymnal Title: Lift Every Voice and Sing II Harmonizer of "[Chariot rode on the mountaintop]" in Lift Every Voice and Sing II Judge Jefferson Cleveland (1937-1986) was one of the most important scholars and editors of African-American congregational song of the 20th century. Along with Verogla Nix, he edited what is arguably the most groundbreaking collection of African-American song in the last half of the 20th century, Songs of Zion (1981/1982). Lutheran hymnologist Marilyn Stulken provides a biographical sketch of Cleveland’s life and accomplishments. Born in Georgia, Cleveland graduated from Clark College (Atlanta), Illinois Wesleyan University and received his doctorate in education from Boston University. He served on the faculty of three historically black Christian colleges: Claflin College (South Carolina), Langston University (Oklahoma), and Jarvis Christian College (Texas), before teaching at the University of Massachusetts and Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Cleveland’s musical arrangements, historical research and scholarship on the performance practice of African-American song have proven invaluable for the advancement of black gospel song, not only among African Americans, but also in Anglo hymnals to the present day. For example, Cleveland’s essay, “A Historical Account of the Hymn in the Black Worship Experience,” in Songs of Zion is a helpful introduction for laypersons and scholars alike. In addition to serving as a hymnody consultant for the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship, he toured the United States and Africa in 1981 and Europe in 1984 as a teacher, lecturer and performer. --www.umportal.org/



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