Bitter Sweet (Oliver Holden)

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  • (Posted 2015-07-17)   CPDL #36124:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-07-17).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 57 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Four-part edition (Treble-Counter-Tenor-Bass), with oval notes. Counter written and music rewritten by B. C. Johnston, 2015. The other four stanzas of Beddome's hymn included, renumbered. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-07-17)   CPDL #36123:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-07-17).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 128 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Four-part edition (Treble-Counter-Tenor-Bass). Counter written and music rewritten by B. C. Johnston, 2015. Note shapes added (4-shape). The other four stanzas of Beddome's hymn included, renumbered. Re-formatted 2017-02-04.
  • (Posted 2015-07-17)   CPDL #36122:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-07-17).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 46 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Three-part version, Treble-Tenor-Bass. Note shapes added (4-shape). Rewritten by B. C. Johnston, 2015. The other four stanzas of Beddome's hymn included, renumbered. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Bitter Sweet
First Line: What is the world, with all its toys
Composer: Oliver Holden
Lyricist: Benjamin Beddome

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1800 in Plain Psalmody, p. 38, voiced for three parts: Treble-Tenor-Bass

Description: Words by Benjamin Beddome, 1778, with five stanzas. Holden used stanza four of Beddome's hymn in his composition.

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Original text and translations

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Resignation, or God our portion

1. My times of sorrow and of joy,
Great God, are in Thy hand;
My choicest comforts come from Thee
And go at Thy command.

2 If thou should take them all away,
Yet would I not repine;
Before they were possessed by me,
They were entirely thine.

3. Nor would I drop a murmuring word,
Though the whole world were gone,
But seek enduring happiness
In Thee, and Thee alone.

4. What is the world with all its store? (a)
'Tis but a bitter-sweet;
When I attempt to pluck the rose,
A prickly thorn I meet.

5. Here perfect bliss can ne'er be found,
The honey's mixed with gall;
Midst changing scenes and dying friends,
Be Thou my all in all.
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(a) Holden has "with all its toys?"