Pilgrim's Song (Oliver Holden)

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  • (Posted 2015-07-26)   CPDL #36257:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-07-26).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 74 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. Two more pairs of stanzas from Doddridge's hymn included. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-07-26)   CPDL #36256:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-07-26).   Score information: Unknown, 2 pages, 77 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Two more pairs of stanzas from Doddridge's hymn included.

General Information

Title: Pilgrim's Song
First Line: Now let our voices join
Composer: Oliver Holden
Lyricist: Philip Doddridge

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 66. 86 (S.M.) (Doddridge), Meter: 66. 86. D (S.M.D.) (Holden)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1796 in The Union Harmony, pp. 12-13.

Description: Words by Philip Doddridge, published 1766, his Hymn 69, in six stanzas. Holden used stanzas one and four of Doddridge's hymn in his composition.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Now let our voices join
To form one pleasant song; (a)
Ye pilgrims in Jehovah's ways
With music pass along.

How straight the path appears!
How open, and how fair!
No lurking spies to trap our feet, (b)
No fierce destroyer there.

But flowers of paradise
In rich profusion spring;
The Sun of glory gilds the path,
And dear companions sing.

 

See Salem's golden spires
In beauteous prospect rise;
And brighter crowns than mortals wear,
Which sparkle through the skies.

All honor to His name,
Who drew the shining trace,
To Him, who leads the wanderers on,
And cheers them with His grace.

Reduce the nations, Lord;
Teach all the kings their ways,
That earth's full choir the notes may swell,
And heaven resound the praise.

Singing in the ways of God by Philip Doddridge, based on Psalm 138
_________

(a) Holden has "form a sacred song." (b) Doddridge has "lurking Gins."