Solitude (Elisha West)

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  • (Posted 2019-12-22)   CPDL #56388:         
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2019-12-22).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 2 pages, 62 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). The last stanzas included from the two sources, with Watts' paraphrase shortened as before. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Solitude
First Line: My refuge is the God of love
Composer: Elisha West
Lyricist: Tate and Bradycreate page
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredSet piece   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1798 in The Village Harmony (Henry Ranlet)

Description: Words are a combination of two paraphrases of Psalm 11. The first part is the first stanza of Isaac Watts' paraphrase, with the second and fourth lines reduced in length to six syllables; the second part is the first stanza of Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady's paraphrase.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 11.

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Isaac Watts, 1719

1. My refuge is the God of love;
Why do my foes insult and cry,
Fly like a tim'rous, trembling dove,
To distant woods or mountains fly.
.
.
.
6. The righteous Lord loves righteous souls,
Whose thoughts and actions are sincere;
And with a gracious eye beholds
The men that his own image bear.

 

West 1798 and this edition

1. My refuge is the God of love;
My foes insult and cry,
Fly like a tim'rous, trembling dove,
To distant mountains fly.
.
.
.
6. The righteous Lord loves righteous souls,
Whose actions are sincere;
And with a gracious eye beholds
The men his image bear.