Balm in Gilead


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a cappella SATB – African American spiritual – arr. Peter Amidon

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      Balm in Gilead - Amidon Singers

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In Amidons’ book “Fifty-five Anthems for the Small Church Choir”. Peter’s harmonization of this classic African American spiritual is built on the foundation of harmonizations from several different hymnals, particularly the African American Heritage Hymnal. It is sung here by Friends-of-the-Amidons-Singers including son Stefan on bass and daughter-in-law Zara Bode singing alto.


Balm in Gilead
African American spiritual

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 preach like Peter,
If you cannot pray like Paul,
You can tell the love of Jesus,
Who died to save us all.