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early sacred harp

In this picture of psalm singers in colonial America, notice that they’re facing one another rather than an audience. This is still how Sacred Harp is done.

Engraving by Paul Revere included in William Billing’s “The New England Psalm Singer” (Boston, 1770):
Engraving by Paul Revere included in William Billing's

The hollow-square seating arrangement for Sacred Harp singing:
The hollow-square seating arrangement for Sacred Harp singing

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