Shiloh (Oliver Holden)

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  • (Posted 2015-09-23)   CPDL #36878:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-09-23).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 58 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition, as written in 1803. The other five stanzas of this hymn added below. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-09-23)   CPDL #36877:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-09-23).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 58 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). The other five stanzas of this hymn added below.

General Information

Title: Shiloh
First Line: Fair as a blooming, tender flower
Composer: Oliver Holden
Lyricist: William Robertsoncreate page

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1803 in The Charlestown Collection, 1803, p. 64, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass

Description: Words by William Robertson in Scottish Paraphrases, 1751. There are many versions of this hymn; the following is from Jeremy Belknap's Sacred Poetry, 1795. Holden used the second stanza in his composition.

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Original text and translations

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The Savior comes! No outward pomp
bespeaks his presence nigh;
No earthly beauties in Him shine
To draw the carnal eye.

Fair as a blooming, tender flower
Amidst the desert grows ;
So slighted and despised by man
The heavenly Savior rose.

They held Him as condemned by heaven,
An outcast from his God;
While for their sins He groaned and bled
Beneath his Father's rod.

With sinners in the dust He lay,
The rich a grave supplied;
Unspotted was His blameless life,
Unstained by sin He died.

His soul rejoicing shall behold
The purchase of his pain:
And every sinner by Him saved
Shall bless Messiah’s reign.

He died to bear the guilt of men
That sin might be forgiven;
He lives to bless them and defend
And plead their cause in heaven.

James Robertson, 1751
This version from Belknap’s Sacred Poetry, 1795, Hymn 239