Last year at this time -- the Saturday before the first Sunday in December -- the new The Sacred Harp, Revised Cooper Edition, 2012 was debuted at the Florida State Singing Convention in Panama City, Florida. Here are a few of the things that were done to improve the quality and usefulness of the book for future generations.
The pages were re-typeset throughout, from front to back.
Additional stanzas of poetry were added to 95 songs (and in a few cases a few stanzas were removed; e.g. 582).
Songs were moved to reduce crowding and give more space on the page. 11 songs were moved in the 2012 edition from their pages in previous editions.
107 Rock Of Ages moved to 451
195 Worcester moved to 588
269 The Judgment moved to 592
393 I’m On My Journey Home moved to 207t
451 Martin moved to 107
488 Nearer My God To Thee moved to 587
498 The Gospel Feast moved to 585
504 God’s Wondrous Love moved to 578
514 I Love To Sing Of Jesus moved to 584
516 The Gates Of Paradise moved to 580
520 Long Ago, Comrades moved to 582
14 songs were added to the book, for a total of 611 tunes (not counting the two in the rudiments).
590 Every Grace
195 Mars Hill Morning
594 National Blessings
504 North Jersey
520 Rest for the Soul
591 Sweet Reunion
586 Traveler's Rest - Samson
581 Wells Second
Grab a book and let's sing!