Gift (Oliver Holden)

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  • (Posted 2015-04-04)   CPDL #34972:     
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-04-04).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 60 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. Four more stanzas from Cowper's hymn added below.
  • (Posted 2015-04-04)   CPDL #34971:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-04-04).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 62 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Four more stanzas from Cowper's hymn added below.

General Information

Title: Gift
First Line: Of all the gifts Thine hand bestows
Composer: Oliver Holden
Lyricist: William Cowper

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1803 in The Charlestown Collection, 1803, p. 35

Description: Words by William Cowper, 1779, his Hymn 80 of Book 3, entitled Praise for Faith.

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Original text and translations

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Praise for Faith, by William Cowper, published in Olney Hymns, 1779

Of all the gifts Thine hand bestows,
Thou giver of all good!
Not heaven itself a richer knows,
Than my Redeemer's blood.

Faith too, the blood receiving grace,
From the same hand we gain,
Else, sweetly as it suits our case,
That gift had been in vain.

Till Thou Thy teaching power apply,
Our hearts refuse to see,
And weak, as a distempered eye,
Shut out the view of Thee.

Blind to the merits of Thy Son,
What misery we endure!
Yet fly that hand, from which alone,
We could expect a cure.

We praise Thee, and would praise Thee more,
To Thee our all we owe;
The precious Savior, and the power
That makes Him precious too.