Vienna (Samuel Holyoke)

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  • (Posted 2016-11-22)   CPDL #42000:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-11-22).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 55 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. Two more pairs of stanzas included, from Alline's hymn. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2016-11-22)   CPDL #41999:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-11-22).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 55 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Two more pairs of stanzas included, from Alline's hymn.

General Information

Title: Vienna
First Line: O how distressing was the scene
Composer: Samuel Holyoke
Lyricist: Henry Alline

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1791 in Harmonia Americana, p. 48.

Description: First published in B (harmonic) minor.}}

Description: Words by Henry Alline, 1786, hymn entitled A miracle of grace, in six stanzas. Holyoke used the first two stanzas of Alline's hymn in his composition.

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Original text and translations

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1. O how distressing was the scene,
When soon I thought to take my flight,
With but a fluttering breath between
My soul in everlasting night.

2. My wasting body racked with pain,
And lingering on the verge of death;
All helps to save my soul were vain,
Or yet to lengthen out my breath.

 

3. But in that most distressing hour
When all my soul was torn with grief,
Jesus with his almighty power
Appeared in love to my relief,

4. O what a friend did he appear
To my despairing guilty soul!
His goodness banished all my fear,
And made my wounded conscience whole.

 

5. Ten thousand tongues can ne'er express
The greatness of his love to me ;
He brought my soul from deep distress,
And bid me drink of pleasures free.

6. O Jesus, let me ne'er forget
The scenes of that important hour;
I love redemption from the pit,
But O! I love thy goodness more.