Stone Chapel (Oliver Holden)

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  • (Posted 2015-08-19)   CPDL #36508:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-08-19).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 63 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition, as written in 1800. All four stanzas of Bentley's adaptation included. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-08-19)   CPDL #36505:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-08-19).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 63 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). All four stanzas of Bentley's adaptation included.

General Information

Title: Stone Chapel
First Line: O praise ye the Lord, prepare a new song
Composer: Oliver Holden
Lyricist:

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 10 10. 11 11

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1800 in Plain Psalmody, p. 70.

Description: Words reportedly adapted from Philip Doddridge, 1755, by William Bentley, 1788, in four stanzas. However, the Hymn Tune Index has this first line going back to 1750, so perhaps the hymn was written by someone else.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Doddridge, 1755

1. O praise ye the Lord, prepare a new song,
And let all his saints in full consort join;
Ye tribes all assemble, the feast to prolong,
In solemn procession with music divine.

2. O Israel, in Him that made thee rejoice,
Let all Zion's sons exult in their King;
While to martial dances you join a glad voice,
Your lutes, harps, and timbrels in harmony bring.

3. The Lord in His saints still finds His delight;
Salvation from Him he meek shall adorn;
They well may be joyful, sustained by His might,
And crowned by His favor may lift up their horn.

4. Let carpets be spread, and banquets prepared
Those altars around, whence incense ascends;
While anthems of glory though Salem are heard,
And God, whom we worship, indulgent attends.
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9. This honor, ye saints, appointed for you,
All-grateful receive, and faithful obey;
And while His dread pleasure resistless ye do,
Still make His high praises the song of the day.

 

Bentley, 1788

1. O praise ye the Lord, prepare a new song,
And let all his saints in full chorus join; (a)
With voices united the anthem prolong,
And show forth His praises with music divine. (b)

2. Let praise to the Lord, who made us, ascend;
Let each grateful heart be glad in its King;
For God, whom we worship, our songs will attend.
And view with complacence the offering we bring,

3. Be joyful, ye saints, sustained by His might,
And let your glad songs awake with each morn;
For those who obey Him are still His delight;
His hand with salvation the meek will adorn.

4. Then praise ye the Lord, prepare a glad song,
And let all his saints in full chorus join;
With voices united the anthem prolong,
And show forth his praises with music divine.
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(a) Holden has "in full concert join" (b) Holden has "And shout forth His honors