Montague (Timothy Swan)

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  • (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.

General Information

Title: Montague
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.)

Language: English
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.

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Original text and translations

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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.