Why weepest thou? (Oliver Holden)

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  • (Posted 2015-07-22)   CPDL #36219:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-07-22).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 59 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Four-part version. Counter part written by B. C. Johnston, 2015; Treble and Tenor parts switched. Oval note edition. The other two stanzas of Beddome's hymn included. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-07-22)   CPDL #36218:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-07-22).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 59 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Four-part version. Counter part written by B. C. Johnston, 2015; Treble and Tenor parts switched. Note shapes added (4-shape). The other two stanzas of Beddome's hymn included.
  • (Posted 2015-07-22)   CPDL #36217:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-07-22).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 51 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Three-part version. Oval note edition, as written in 1800. The other two stanzas of Beddome's hymn included. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-07-22)   CPDL #36216:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-07-22).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 50 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Three-part version. Note shapes added (4-shape), otherwise as written in 1800. The other two stanzas of Beddome's hymn included.

General Information

Title: Why weepest thou?
First Line: Why, O my soul, why weepest thou
Composer: Oliver Holden
Lyricist: Benjamin Beddome

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1800 in Plain Psalmody, p. 24, for three parts: Treble-Tenor-Bass

Description: Words by Benjamin Beddome, 1787, in three stanzas.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Why, O my soul, why weepest thou.

English.png English text

Why, O my soul, why weepest thou?
Tell me from whence arise
Those briny tears that often flow,
Those groans that split the skies.

Is sin the cause of thy complaint?
Or the chastening rod?
Dost thou an evil heart lament?
And mourn an absent God?

Lord, let me weep for naught but sin,
And after none but Thee,
And then I would, O that I might
A constant weeper be.

By Benjamin Beddome, based on John 20:13