Man that is born of a woman (Oliver Holden)

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  • (Posted 2015-07-31)   CPDL #36361:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-07-31).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 74 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition, as written in 1796. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-07-31)   CPDL #36360:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-07-31).   Score information: Unknown, 2 pages, 88 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape).

General Information

Title: Man that is born of a woman
Composer: Oliver Holden

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1796 in The Union Harmony Ed. 2, pp. 98-99

Description: Words "from Job chapter 14, and from Dr. Dwight's Seasons, moralized."

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Man that is born of a woman
Is of few days and full of trouble.
He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down;
He fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.
As the waters fail from the sea,
And the flood decayeth and drieth up,
So man lieth down and riseth not;
'Till the heavens be no more,
They shall not awake nor be raised out of their sleep.
But the soul in gayest bloom
Disdains the bondage of the tomb,
Ascends above the clouds of even,
And raptured hails her native heaven.