St. Alban's (Oliver Holden)

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  • (Posted 2015-08-27)   CPDL #36623:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-08-27).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 70 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Four-part version. Counter part written by B. C. Johnston, 2015. Oval note edition. Two more pairs of stanzas from Steele's hymn included. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-08-27)   CPDL #36622:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-08-27).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 72 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Four-part version. Counter part written by B. C. Johnston, 2015. Note shapes added (4-shape). Two more pairs of stanzas from Steele's hymn included.
  • (Posted 2015-08-27)   CPDL #36621:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-08-27).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 48 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Three-part version. Oval note edition, as written in 1803. Two more pairs of stanzas from Steele's hymn included. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-08-27)   CPDL #36620:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-08-27).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 64 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Three-part version. Note shapes added (4-shape). Two more pairs of stanzas from Steele's hymn included.

General Information

Title: St. Alban's
First Line: My God, when-e'er my longing heart
Composer: Oliver Holden
Lyricist: Anne Steele

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1803 in The Charlestown Collection, 1803, p. 46, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass.

Description: Words by Anne Steele, 1760, entitled Imploring Divine Influences, in six stanzas. Holden used the first two stanzas of Steele's hymn in his composition.

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Original text and translations

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1.My God, when-e'er my longing heart
Its grateful tribute would impart,
In vain my tongue, with feeble aim,
Attempts the glories of Thy name.

2. In vain my boldest thoughts arise,
I sink to earth and lose the skies:
Yet may I still Thy grace implore,
And low in dust Thy name adore.

 

3. O let Thy grace my heart inspire,
And raise each languid, weak desire;
Thy grace, which condescends to meet
The sinner prostrate at Thy feet.

4. With humble fear let love unite
And mix devotion with delight;
Then shall Thy name be all my joy,
Thy praise, my constant blest employ.

 

5. Thy name inspires the harps above
With harmony, and praise, and love;
That grace, which tunes th'immortal strings,
Looks kindly down on mortal things.

6. O let Thy grace guide every song,
And fill my heart and tune my tongue;
Then shall the strain harmonious flow,
And heaven's sweet work begin below.