Solicitude (Oliver Holden)

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  • (Posted 2015-07-25)   CPDL #36249:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-07-25).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 74 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. Three more stanzas selected from Doddridge's hymn added below. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-07-25)   CPDL #36248:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-07-25).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 77 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Three more selected stanzas from Doddridge's hymn added below.

General Information

Title: Solicitude
First Line: Around the bloody tree
Composer: Oliver Holden
Lyricist: Philip Doddridge

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 66. 66. 88 (66. 66. 44. 44.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1796 in The Union Harmony Ed. 2, p. 104

Description: Words by Philip Doddridge, published 1766, entitled Christ seen of angels, with the first line O ye immortal throng, with seven stanzas. Holden used Doddridge's fourth stanza in his composition.

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Original text and translations

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4. Around the bloody tree,
Ye pressed with strong desire;
The wondrous sight to see,
The Lord of life expire.
And could your eyes
Have known a tear,
Had dropped it there
In sad surprise.

5. Around the sacred tomb
A willing watch ye keep;
Till the blest moment come
To rouse Him from His sleep;
Then rolled the stone,
And all adored
Your rising Lord
With joy unknown.

6. When all arrayed in light,
The shining Conqueror rode,
Ye hailed His rapturous flight
Up to the throne of God;
And waved around
Your golden wings,
And struck your strings
Of sweetest sound.

7. The warbling notes pursue,
And louder anthems raise;
While mortals sing with you
Their own Redeemer's praise:
And thou, my heart,
With equal flame,
And joy the same,
Perform thy part.