Petition (Amos Pilsbury)

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  • (Posted 2018-01-15)   CPDL #48433:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2018-01-15).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 51 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. In two sections, notes halved in value, to bring the whole piece into one time and rhythm; several notes changed. Both stanzas of Wesley's hymn included. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2018-01-15)   CPDL #48431:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2018-01-15).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 70 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). In two sections, notes halved in value, to bring the whole piece into one time and rhythm; several notes changed. Both stanzas of Wesley's hymn included.

General Information

Title: Petition
First Line: Why not now, my God, my God
Arranger: Amos Pilsbury
Lyricist: Charles Wesley

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 77. 77. 77

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1799 in The United States Sacred Harmony

Description: First published by Amos Pilsbury in The United States Sacred Harmony (1799), but not attributed by him to anyone. Words by Charles Wesley, 1762, in Scripture Hymns Volume 1, Hymn 850, with two stanzas; based on Psalm 101:2.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

1. Why not now, my God my God,
Ready if thou always art,
Make in me thy mean abode,
Take possession of my heart?
If thou canst so greatly bow,
Friend of sinners, why not now?

2 At the close of life’s short day
For thyself to thee I cry:
Dying, if thou still delay,
Must I not for ever die?
Enter now thy poorest home,
Now, my utmost Saviour, come!