The Rock (Oliver Holden)

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  • (Posted 2015-09-24)   CPDL #36925:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-09-24).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 66 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition, as written in 1804. The other six stanzas added below. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-09-24)   CPDL #36924:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-09-24).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 45 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). The other six stanzas added below.

General Information

Title: The Rock
First Line: We've found the rock, the travelers cried
Composer: Oliver Holden
Lyricist: Anonymous

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1804 in The Christian Harmonist, p. 160, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass

Description: Words by an unknown author, first published 1803, according to The Hymn Tune Index. Seven stanzas.

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Original text and translations

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     After each line, sing: Halle, Hallelujah.
1. We've found the rock, the travelers cried,
The stone that all the prophets tried:
Come children drink the balmy dew,
'Twas Christ that shed his blood for you.

2. This costly mixture cures the soul,
Which sin and guild had made so foul,
O that you would believe in god,
And wash in Christ's most precious blood.

 

3. O hearken children! Christ is come,
The bride is ready, let us run,
I'm glad I ever saw this day,
That we might meet to praise and pray.

4. There's glory, glory in my soul,
Come mourner feel the current roll,
Welcome dear friends, 'tis known to night,
It shines around with dazzling light.

5. And in this light we'll soar away,
Where there's no night but lasting day,
O children, children, bear the cross,
And count the world below as dross.

 

6. We'll bear the cross and wear the crown,
And by our Father's side sit down,
His grace will feed our hungry souls,
Where love divine for ever rolls.

7. His fiery chariots make their way,
To welcome us to endless day;
There glittering millions we shall join,
To praise the Prince of David's line.