Evening Hymn (Oliver Holden)

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  • (Posted 2015-07-18)   CPDL #36163:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-07-18).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 66 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-07-18)   CPDL #36162:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-07-18).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 66 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). The other three stanzas of this hymn added below, from The Liverpool Collection.

General Information

Title: Evening Hymn
First Line: Now may soft slumbers close my eyes
Composer: Oliver Holden

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1800 in Plain Psalmody, p. 44.

Description: Words originally published in The Gentleman's Magazine, Vol 19, No. 1, 1749, attributed to "L. A."; amended in The Liverpool Collection, 1763; four stanzas. Holden used the third stanza in his composition.

External websites:

  • Scans of The Gentleman's Magazine [1]
  • Anonymous. 1763. Form of Prayer, and A New Collection of Psalms, For the Use of a Congregation of Protestant Dissenters in Liverpool. London, England: The Society, 300 pp. [2]

Original text and translations

English.png English text

1. Indulgent God, whose bounteous care
O'er all thy works is shown!
O! Let my grateful prayer and praise
Ascend before Thy throne.

2. What mercies has this day bestowed,
How largely hast thou blest!
My cup with plenty overflowed,
With cheerfulness my bread.

3. Now may soft slumbers close my eyes,
From pain and sickness free:
And let my waking thoughts arise
To meditate on Thee.

4. So bless each future day and night,
Till life's fond scene is o'er;
And then to realms of endless light,
O! Let my spirit soar.