Salem (1803) (Oliver Holden)

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  • (Posted 2015-10-03)   CPDL #37045:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-10-03).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 53 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition, as written in 1803. All three stanzas included. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-10-03)   CPDL #37044:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-10-03).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 53 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). All three stanzas included.

General Information

Title: Salem (1803)
First Line: King of Salem, bless my soul
Composer: Oliver Holden
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 77. 77

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1803 in The Charlestown Collection, 1803, p. 32.

Description: Words by an unknown author, first published in John Rippon's Selection, 1787, where attributed to [Isaac] W__[atts]. I cannot find these stanzas in any of Isaac Watts' works; neither could Music (1998).

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

1. King of Salem, bless my soul,
Make a wounded sinner whole;
King of righteousness and peace,
Let not Thy sweet visits cease.

2. Come! refresh this soul of mine,
With thy sacred bread and wine!
All Thy love to me unfold,
Half of which can not be told.

3. Hail Melchizedek divine!
Thou great high-priest shall be mine;
All my powers before Thee fall,
Take not tithe, but take them all!

John Rippon, A Selection of Hymns From the Best Authors, 1787, Hymn 183