The Camp Meeting


"The Camp Meeting" is a song by Charles Ives, featuring a text that combines his own words with those of English hymnodist Charlotte Elliott (1789-1871). The song is published in Charles Ives' song collection 129 Songs.

The hymn "Just as I am, Without One Plea" is quoted at the end of the song.

The song is derived from the third movement of Charles Ives' Symphony No. 3.

The Camp Meeting
(Part by Charlotte Elliott)

Across the summer meadows fair,
there comes a song of fervent prayer,
It rises radiantly o'er the world,
Exulting, exulting, in the power of God!
Exalting Faith in life above
but humbly, yielding, yielding to His Love.
Just as I am without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidd'st me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

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