Attention (Jacob French)

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  • (Posted 2016-03-11)   CPDL #38850:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-03-11).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 63 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Lyricist: Anonymous Genre: Secular
Edition notes: Oval note edition. Revised 2018-01-22. Words and music as originally published in 1789. Words probably from an English popular song, before 1770, reproduced below. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2016-03-11)   CPDL #38848:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-03-11).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 71 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Lyricist: Charles Wesley Genre: Sacred
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Revised 2018-01-22. Words substituted: Charles Wesley, 1762, Scripture Hymns No. 917, one stanza with meter 77. 78. D. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Attention
Composer: Jacob French

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Meter: 77. 78

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1789 in The New American Melody, 1789, pp. 29-30

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Thou to me, O God, hast sent.

English.png English text

1. Cease a while ye winds to blow,
Cease ye roaring streams to flow;
Hushed be every other noise,
I want to hear my lover's voice.

2. Where's the brook, the rock, the tree?
Hark, a sound – I think 'tis he!
'Tis not he; yet night comes on.
Where's my love? Wanderer gone?

3. Loud I'll speak, to make him hear.
'Tis I who call, my love, my dear!
The time is come. Why this delay?
Alas! my wanderer's lost his way.

The Bull-Finch, London, 1775, Song 202