Adieu (Stephen Jenks)

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  • (Posted 2016-04-29)   CPDL #39456:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-04-29).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 60 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. All six stanzas of Belknap's paraphrase included. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2016-04-29)   CPDL #39455:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-04-29).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 60 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). All six stanzas of Belknap's paraphrase included.

General Information

Title: Adieu
First Line: Far from our friends and country dear
Composer: Stephen Jenks
Lyricist: Jeremy Belknap

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1818 in The Harmony of Zion, p. 12

Description: Words by Jeremy Belknap, 1795, paraphrase of Psalm 137, in six stanzas.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

1. Far from our friends and country dear
In hostile lands we moan;
No tender hand to wipe the tear
Which flows with every groan!

2. Our foes vindictive mock our grief,
And sport with our complaints;
No mercy prompts to give relief,
Though languid misery faints.

 

3. In retrospective scenes employed,
We think on former days;
When peaceful sabbaths we enjoyed
And all our work was praise.

4. But now, of liberty deprived,
In solitude confined;
In vain we seek the word of life
To feed the starving mind.

 

5. To thee, O Lord, we lift our eye,
To thee, our cause commend;
Thou hearest the mourning prisoner's sigh,
Thou art the sufferer's friend.

6 We seek no vengeance on our foes,
But put our trust in thee;
O let thy mercy interpose,
And set thy captives free.