Sweet Surprise (Oliver Holden)

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  • (Posted 2015-09-14)   CPDL #36790:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-09-14).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 57 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition, as written in 1800. The other eight stanzas of Watts' poem added below. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-09-14)   CPDL #36789:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-09-14).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 64 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). The other eight stanzas of Watts' poem added below.

General Information

Title: Sweet Surprise
First Line: Angels are lost in sweet surprise
Composer: Oliver Holden
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1800 in Plain Psalmody, p. 61

Description: Words by Isaac Watts, 1706, Worshiping With Fear, which begins "Who dares attempt the eternal name," with nine stanzas. Holden selected the sixth stanza of Watts' poem for his composition.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Who dares attempt the eternal name.