Dedicatory Anthem (Oliver Holden)
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-07-09). Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 96 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Oval note edition, as written in 1800, but fermata over bar line interpreted as one blank measure.
Title: Dedicatory Anthem
First Line: Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised
Composer: Oliver Holden
Description: First published in Plain Psalmody, 1800, pp. 52-55. Words adapted by Holden from Psalm 48. Superscription: "Composed for the dedication of the new Meeting-House in Charlestown."
Original text and translations
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised
In the city of our God,
In the mountain of His holiness.
Beautiful for situation,
The joy of the whole earth,
Is Mount Zion:
On the sides of the north,
The city of the great king.
God is known in her palaces for a refuge. (Psalm 48:1-3)
As we have heard,
So we have seen in the city of our God,
God will establish it forever.
We have thought of Thy loving-kindness, O God,
In the midst of Thy temple. (Psalm 48:8-9)
Let Mount Zion rejoice,
Let the daughters of Judah be glad, (Psalm 48:11)
For this God is our God forever and ever. (Psalm 48:14)