Olney (Oliver Holden)

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  • (Posted 2015-08-25)   CPDL #36600:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-08-25).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 42 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 Cowper's hymn added below. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-08-25)   CPDL #36599:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-08-25).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 50 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 Cowper's hymn added below.
  • (Posted 2015-08-25)   CPDL #36598:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-08-25).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 57 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Three-part version. Oval note edition, as written in 1803. The other four stanzas from Cowper's hymn added below. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-08-25)   CPDL #36597:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-08-25).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 40 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Three-part version. Note shapes added (4-shape). Then other four stanzas from Cowper's hymn added below.

General Information

Title: Olney
First Line: Dear fountain of delight unknown
Composer: Oliver Holden
Lyricist: William Cowper

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1803 in The Charlestown Collection, 1803, p. 25, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass.

Description: Words by William Cowper, 1779, in five stanzas. Holden used the fourth stanza of Cowper's hymn in his composition.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

1. I thirst, but not as once I did,
The vain delights of earth to share;
Thy wounds, Immanuel, all forbid
That I should seek my pleasures there.

2. It was the sight of Thy dear cross
First weaned my soul from earthly things;
And taught me to esteem as dross
The mirth of fools and pomp of kings.

 

3. I want that grace that springs from Thee,
That quickens all things where it flows,
And makes a wretched thorn like me
Bloom as the myrtle, or the rose.

4. Dear fountain of delight unknown!
No longer sink below the brim;
But overflow, and pour me down
A living and life-giving stream!

 

5. For sure of all the plants that share
The notice of thy Father's eye,
None proves less grateful to His care,
Or yields him meaner fruit than I.

My Soul Thirsteth for God by William Cowper