Dependence (Oliver Holden)

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  • (Posted 2015-03-25)   CPDL #34874:     
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-03-25).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 61 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. Holden published his composition in 1803 with the first stanza of Cowper's hymn; the other five stanzas added below.
  • (Posted 2015-03-25)   CPDL #34875:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-03-25).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 63 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Holden published his composition in 1803 with the first stanza of Cowper's hymn; the other five stanzas added below.

General Information

Title: Dependence
First Line: To keep the lamp alive
Composer: Oliver Holden
Lyricist: William Cowper

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred &nbsp: Meter: 66. 86 (S.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1803 in The Charlestown Collection, 1803, p. 37

Description: Words by William Cowper, 1779, his Hymn 74 of Book 3, titled Dependence.

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Original text and translations

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Dependence, by William Cowper, 1779
To keep the lamp alive,
With oil we fill the bowl;
'Tis water makes the willow thrive;
And grace that feeds the soul.

The Lord's unsparing hand
Supplies the living stream;
It is not at our command,
But still derived from Him.

Beware of Peter's word*,
Nor confidently say,
"I never will deny Thee, Lord,"
But grant I never may.

Man's wisdom is to seek
His strength in God alone;
And e'en an angel would be weak,
Who trusted in his own.

Retreat beneath His wings,
And in His grace confide;
This more exalts the King of Kings**
Than all your works beside.

In Jesus is our store,
Grace issues from His throne;
Whoever says, "I want no more,"
Confesses he has none.
_____
*. Matt. 26:33. **. John 6:29