- (Posted 2016-12-01) CPDL #42158:
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-12-01). Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 71 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Oval note edition. 1783 version. Two more pairs of stanzas included from Doddridge's hymn. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
- (Posted 2016-12-01) CPDL #42157:
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-12-01). Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 2 pages, 71 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). 1783 version. Two more pairs of stanzas included from Doddridge's hymn.
First Line: Ye sons of men with joy record
Composer: Timothy Swan
Lyricist: Philip Doddridge
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1783 in The Gentleman and Lady’s Musical Companion, Edition 3
2nd published: 1801 in New England Harmony, revised
Description: Words by Philip Doddridge, 1755, entitled God adored for his goodness, with six stanzas. Swan used the first two stanzas of Doddridge's hymn in his composition.
Original text and translations
1. Ye sons of men with joy record
The various wonders of the Lord;
And let his power and goodness sound
Through all your tribes the world around.
2. Let the high heavens your songs invite,
Those spacious fields of brilliant light;
Where sun, and moon, and planets roll,
And stars, that shine from pole to pole.
3. Sing, earth, in verdant robes arrayed,
Its herbs and flowers, its fruit and shade;
Peopled with life of various forms,
Fishes and fowls, and beasts and worms.
4. View the broad sea's majestic plains,
And think how wide its Maker reigns;
That band remotest nations joins,
And on each wave his goodness shines.
5. But, O that brighter world above,
Where lives and reigns incarnate love!
God's only son in flesh arrayed,
For man a bleeding victim made.
6. Thither, my soul, with rapture soar;
There in the land of praise adore;
The theme demands an angel's tongue,
Demands a never-ending song.