Rama (Samuel Babcock)

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  • (Posted 2016-06-21)   CPDL #40102:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-06-21).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 43 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition, as written in 1803. Five more stanzas included, selected from Medley's hymn. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2016-06-21)   CPDL #40101:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-06-21).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 58 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Five more stanzas included, selected from Medley's hymn.

General Information

Title: Rama
First Line: Dost thou my earthly comforts slay
Composer: Samuel Babcock
Lyricist: Samuel Medley

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1803 in Babcock's The Middlesex Harmony, Second Edition, p. 73

Description: Words by Samuel Medley, 1785, entitled Resignation, in eight stanzas. Babcock used the third stanza of Medley's hymn in his composition.

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Original text and translations

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1. Let me, thou sovereign Lord of all,
Low at thy footstool humbly fall,
And, while I feel affliction’s rod,
“Be still, and know that thou art God.”

2. When, or wherever thou shalt smite,
I’ll own thee kind, I’ll own thee right.
And, underneath the heaviest load,
“Be still, and know that thou art God.”

 

3. Dost thou my earthly comfort slay,
And take beloved ones away?
Yet will my soul revere the rod,
“Be still, and know that thou art God.”

4. Then be my trials great or small,
There’s sure a needs be for them all;
Thus then thy dealings I’ll applaud,
“Be still, and know that thou art God.”

 

5. Let me not murmur nor repine,
Under these trying strokes of thine;
But, while I walk the mournful road,
“Be still, and know that thou art God.”

6. Still let this truth support my mind,
Thou canst not err, nor be unkind;
And thus may I improve the rod,
“Be still, and know that thou art God.”

 

7. Thy love thou make in heaven appear,
In all I’ve borne or suffered here;
Let me, till brought to that abode,
“Be still, and know that thou art God.”

8. Then, when my happy soul shall rise
To joys and Jesus in the skies,
I shall, as ransomed by his blood,
Forever sing, “Thou art my God.”