My Dove (Jeremiah Ingalls)

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  • (Posted 2017-10-12)   CPDL #46728:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-10-12).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 71 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. Ending edited to make repeat work. All twelve stanzas included, as in Ingalls 1805, altered somewhat to fit the meter of the music. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2017-10-12)   CPDL #46727:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-10-12).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 61 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). All twelve stanzas included, as in Ingalls 1805, altered somewhat to fit the meter of the music.

General Information

Title: My Dove
First Line: Arise my dear love
Composer: Jeremiah Ingalls
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 558. 557

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1805 in Ingalls' The Christian Harmony, p. 118, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass

Description: Apparently based on a dance tune (Jackson 1953b, No. 125). Words by an unknown author, first appearing in 1794.

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Original text and translations

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1. Arise my dear love,
My undefiled dove,
I hear my dear Jesus to say,
The winter is past,
The spring's come at last,
My love, my dove, come away.

2. The earth that is green
Is fair to be seen,
The little birds chirping do say,
That they do rejoice
In each other's voice,
My love, my dove, come away.

3. All smiling in love,
The young turtle dove,
The flowers appearing in May,
All speak forth the praise
Of the Ancient of Days,
My love, my dove, come away.

 

4. Come away from the world's cares,
Those troublesome snares,
That follow you night and by day,
That you may be free
From the troubles that be;
My love, my dove, come away.

5. Come 'way from all fears
that troubles you here,
Come into my arms he doth say,
That you may be clear
From the troubles you fear
My love, my dove, come away.

6. Come 'way from all pride,
From that raging tide
That makes you fall out by the way –
Come learn to be meek
And your Jesus seek,
My love, my dove, come away.

 

7. As t' you that are old,
And whose hearts are grown cold,
Your Jesus inviting doth say–
That he's heard your cries
In the north countries,
My love, my dove, come away.

8. As to you that are young,
Your hearts they are strong,
Your Jesus invites you away ;
From Antichrist's charms
To your Jesus' kind arms,
My love, my dove, come away.

9. And as to the youth
Who have known the truth,
Whose hearts they have led you astray –
Come hear to his voice
And your hearts shall rejoice,
My love, my dove, come away.

 

10. My dear children all
Come hear to my call,
Behold I stand knocking and say,
My head's wet with dew,
My children for you.
My love, my dove, come away.

11. My feelings are killed,
My table is filled,
My maidens attending doth say:
There's wine on the lees,
As much as you please,
My love, my dove, come away.

12. Come travel the road
That leads you to God,
For it is a bright shining way:
Come run up and down,
My errands upon,
My love, my dove, come away.

From Smith and Sleeper, Divine Hymns or Spiritual Songs, 1794