Weeping Nature (Stephen Jenks)

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  • (Posted 2016-04-06)   CPDL #39204:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-04-06).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 52 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. Extensive edits to music. Words substituted: Isaac Watts, 1719, paraphrase of Psalm 6, Part 2; all six stanzas included. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2016-04-06)   CPDL #39203:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-04-06).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 53 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). More extensive edits made to music; words substituted: Isaac Watts, 1719, paraphrase of Psalm 6, Part 2, all six stanzas included.
  • (Posted 2016-04-06)   CPDL #39202:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-04-06).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 53 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). A few minor edits, otherwise as in 1805. Words attributed to "Stennett" (see below). MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Weeping Nature
First Line: Nature, she shows her weeping eyes (1805)
First Line: Lord, I can suffer thy rebukes (substituted in editions above)
Composer: Stephen Jenks
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1805

Description: Music first published in The Delights of Harmony - Norfolk Compiler, 1805. Words published there (all seven stanzas) attributed to "Stennett", but not found among the works of either Samuel or Joseph Stennett. These stanzas are of doubtful character, both poetically and theologically.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 6. (Isaac Watts paraphrase, Part 2)

English.png English text

1. Nature, she shows her weeping eyes,
When e'er a near relation dies;
Her streaming eyes flow down with tears,
A sad, a mournful face appears.

2. Nature laments the grievous loss,
Repines and mourns beneath the cross!
Because it cannot be resigned
To God our heavenly Father's mind.

3. Around the coffin nature stands,
With quivering lips and trembling hands;
With restless eyes surveys the dead,
The great destruction death has made.

 

4 With murmuring eyes she doth survey
Her fellow lump of mortal clay;
Destroy'd by death's consuming spear,
The King of nature's dread and fear.

5. Nature is not subject we find
To the Almighty's sacred mind;
She cannot say, Oh sovereign Son
Thy ways are just, thy will be done.

6. We in the spirit are resign'd
To God's all righteous will and mind;
And thus the true believer says,
"The Lord is just in all his ways."

 

7. He says "Thy heavenly will be done,
Thou righteous Lord, eternal Son;
Thou everlasting God and king,
Thy will be done in everything."

Attributed to (Samuel?) "Stennett" in Jenks 1805, but not found among the published works of Samuel Stennett or Joseph Stennett