Ephesus (Oliver Holden)

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  • (Posted 2015-08-10)   CPDL #36453:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-08-10).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 33 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Four-part version. Counter part written by B. C. Johnston, 2015. Oval note edition. The other four stanzas of Scott's hymn added below. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-08-10)   CPDL #36452:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-08-10).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 45 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Four-part version. Counter part written by B. C. Johnston, 2015. Note shapes added (4-shape). The other four stanzas of Scott's hymn added below.
  • (Posted 2015-08-10)   CPDL #36451:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-08-10).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 48 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Three-part version. Oval note edition, as written in 1800. The other four stanzas of Scott's hymn added below. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-08-10)   CPDL #36450:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-08-10).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 57 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Three-part version. Note shapes added (4-shape). The other four stanzas of Scott's hymn added below.

General Information

Title: Ephesus
First Line: The uplifted eye, and bended knee
Composer: Oliver Holden
Lyricist: Thomas Scott

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1800 in Plain Psalmody, p. 8, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass

Description: Words by Thomas Scott, 1772, with five stanzas.

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Original text and translations

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1. Th'uplifted eye and bended knee
Are but vain homage, Lord, to Thee:
In vain our lips Thy praise prolong,
The heart a stranger to the song.

2. Can rites, and forms, and flaming zeal
The breaches of Thy precept heal?
Or fast and penance reconcile
Thy justice, and obtain Thy smile?

3. The pure, the humble, contrite mind,
Thankful, and to Thy will resigned,
To Thee a nobler offering yields
Than Sheba's groves, or Sharon's fields.

4. Than floods of oil or floods of wine,
Ten thousand rolling to Thy shrine,
Or than if, to Thy altar led,
A first-born Son the victim bled.

5. "Be just and kind," the great command
Doth on eternal pillars stand:
This did Thy ancient prophets teach,
And this Thy sole-begotten preach.

Devotion vain without virtue by Thomas Scott