Infant Time (Oliver Holden)

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  • (Posted 2015-10-25)   CPDL #37317:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-10-25).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 78 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Four-part version. Counter part written by B. C. Johnston, 2015. Oval note edition. Another pair of stanzas from Doddridge's hymn added. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-10-25)   CPDL #37316:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-10-25).   Score information: Unknown, 1 page, 78 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Four-part version. Counter part written by B. C. Johnston, 2015. Note shapes added (4-shape). Another pair of stanzas from Doddridge's hymn added.
  • (Posted 2015-10-25)   CPDL #37315:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-10-25).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 70 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Three-part version. Oval note edition, as written in 1800. Another pair of stanzas from Doddridge's hymn added. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-10-25)   CPDL #37314:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-10-25).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 47 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Three-part version. Note shapes added (4-shape). Another pair of stanzas from Doddridge's hymn added.

General Information

Title: Infant Time
First Line: God of eternity, from Thee
Composer: Oliver Holden
Lyricist: Philip Doddridge

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1800 in Plain Psalmody, p. 48, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass.

Description: Words by Philip Doddridge, 1755, in five stanzas. Holden used the first two stanzas of Doddridge's hymn in his composition.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

1. God of eternity, from Thee
Did infant time her being draw;
Moments and days, and months and years,
Revolve by Thine unwearied law.

2. Silent and slow they glide away,
Steady and strong the current flows;
Lost in eternity's wide sea,
The boundless gulf from which it rose.

 

3. With it the thoughtless sons of men
Before the rapid streams are borne
On to that everlasting home,
Where not one soul can e'er return.

4. Yet while the shore on either side
Presents a gaudy flattering show,
We gaze, in fond amusement lost
Nor think to what a world we go.

 

5. Great Source of wisdom, teach my heart
To know the price of every hour;
That time may bear me on to joys
Beyond its measure, and its power.

The Wisdom of Redeeming Time by Philip Doddridge, based on Ephesians 5:15-16