Alpha (Oliver Holden)

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  • (Posted 2015-07-20)   CPDL #36195:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-07-20).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 56 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition, as revised in 1796. The other two stanzas of Hervey's poem added below. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-07-20)   CPDL #36194:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-07-20).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 56 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Version revised by Holden, 1796. The other two stanzas from Hervey's poem added below.

General Information

Title: Alpha
First Line: When faith presents the Savior's death
Composer: Oliver Holden
Lyricist: James Hervey

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1792 in The Worcester Collection, for three parts (Treble-Tenor-Bass), Edition 4, p. 16
  2nd published: 1797 in The Worcester Collection, extensively revised by Holden to include a fourth part (Counter), Edition 6

Description: Words by James Hervey, 1746.

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Original text and translations

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1. When faith presents the Savior's death
And whispers, this is thine,
Sweetly my rising hours advance,
And peacefully decline.

2. Let outward things go how they will,
On Thee I cast my care;
But let me reign with Thee in heaven,
Though most unworthy here.

3. Faith in Thy love shall sweeten death,
And smooth the rugged way;
Smile on me, dearest Lord, and then
I shall not wish to stay.