Hopkinton (Oliver Holden)

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  • (Posted 2015-08-09)   CPDL #36439:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-08-09).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 60 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition, as written in 1796. The other four stanzas of Barlow's paraphrase added below, renumbered. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-08-09)   CPDL #36438:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-08-09).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 55 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). The other four stanzas of Barlow's paraphrase added below, renumbered.

General Information

Title: Hopkinton
First Line: Now to Thy altar, O my God
Composer: Oliver Holden
Lyricist: Joel Barlow

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1796 in The Union Harmony Ed. 2, p. 112

Description: Words by Joel Barlow, 1786, his paraphrase of Psalm 43, in five stanzas. Holden used the fourth stanza of Barlow's paraphrase in his composition.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

1. Judge me, O God and plead my cause,
Against a sinful race;
From vile oppression and deceit
Secure me by Thy grace.

2. On Thee my steadfast hope depends,
And am I left to mourn?
To sink in sorrows, and in vain,
Implore Thy kind return?

3. O, send Thy light to guide my feet,
And bid Thy truth appear,
Conduct me to thy holy hill,
To taste Thy mercies there.

 

4. Then to Thy altar, O my God, (a)
My joyful feet shall rise,
And my triumphant song shall praise
The God that rules the skies.

5. Sink not, my soul, beneath thy fear,
Nor yield to weak despair;
For I shall live to praise the Lord,
And bless his guardian care.

Safety in divine protection by Joel Barlow
_____________________

a. Holden has "Now to Thy altar."