Cyrene (Samuel Holyoke)

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  • (Posted 2016-11-27)   CPDL #42108:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-11-27).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 30 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. The other three stanzas from Alline´s hymn included. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2016-11-26)   CPDL #42107:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-11-26).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 30 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). The other three stanzas of Alline´s hymn included.

General Information

Title: Cyrene
First Line: Why will ye die, O wretched man
Composer: Samuel Holyoke
Lyricist: Henry Alline

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1791 in Harmonia Americana, p. 83

Description: Words by Henry Alline, 1786, Hymn 7 of Book 2, entitled A call to the careless, with four stanzas.

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Original text and translations

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1. Why will ye die, O wretched man,
And choose the way to hell?
Jehovah offers you a crown,
And you with him may dwell.

2. Turn, turn unhappy souls return,
Accept eternal peace,
Why will you at the Savior spurn,
Who offers you his grace?

3. Why will you hug your cruel chains,
And load your souls with guilt;
Jesus has come to bear your pains,
For you his blood was spilt.

4. Will you reject eternal joy,
And love divine despise;
Or why will ye yourselves destroy,
When Jesus for you dies?