Freehold (Nehemiah Shumway)

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  • (Posted 2015-06-03)   CPDL #35635:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-06-03).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 82 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-06-03)   CPDL #35634:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-06-03).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 87 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape).

General Information

Title: Freehold
First Line: The God of Abraham praise
Composer: Nehemiah Shumway

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 66. 84. 66. 84

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1793

Description: First published in The American Harmony, 1793, pp. 171-172. Words the first stanza of Yigdal, reportedly by Daniel ben Yehudah Dayan [1], very loosely paraphrased by Thomas Olivers, 1770. Various Christian authors and compilers give a variety of choices for stanzas beyond the first; none of them seem to belong to Yigdal.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

The God of Abraham praise,
Who reigns enthroned above,
Ancient of everlasting days,
And God of love.

Jehovah, great I am
By earth and heaven confessed,
I bow and bless the sacred name,
Forever blessed.