Experience (William Walker)

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  • (Posted 2018-08-14)   CPDL #50866:         
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2018-08-14).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 42 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Notes in four-shape format, as originally published in 1846. Four-part version: Alto part written by B. C. Johnston, 2018. All thirteen stanzas included. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Experience
First Line: Come, all ye people of my nation
Composer: William Walker
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 99. 98

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1866 in Southern and Western Pocket Harmonist, p. 84, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass.

Description: Words by an anonymous author, apparently first published in The Baptist Harmony in 1834, with twelve or thirteen stanzas. The music has meter 99. 98, but some of the stanzas of this hymn are 98. 98, making it necessary to adjust the words somewhat to fit the music.

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Original text and translations

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Free-Will Baptist Hymnal, 1846

1. Come, all ye people of my nation,
Attend a while and I'll relate
The wonders of my sad condition,
And how I left that wretched state.

2. I was born blind, to sin inclined,
As all descendants of Adam are,
Full sixteen years I was delighted
With social mirth, and void of fear.

3. I once, unthoughtful, went to meeting,
And heard a woman relating there
The travail of her sad condition,
And how she came the Lord to fear.

4. I saw, while she was thus relating,
The awful state that I was in,
I saw my soul was unconverted,
And always had been dead in sin.

5. I then began to think of praying,
To think it needful to seek the Lord ;
But still my soul was much distressed,
I felt not yet his healing word.

6. I then began to seek conversion,
And cried to Jesus my soul to save,
I left my way of light devotion,
His promised mercy I did crave.

7. My sins began, like pointed mountains,
To stand against me every day,
Their number I was oft recounting,
But all was vain my grief to lay.

8. One night, while thinking of the Savior,
And what he'd done for sinful man,
I thought my soul was out of favor,
Oh, how his mercy I longed to gain.

9. Mount Sinai's thunder rolled against me,
Not only for my outward sin,
But in my heart I saw the fountain
Which made my actions so unclean.

10. I felt how just the condemnation,
Though my spirit to hell should go:
When lo! the gospel consolation
Freed my soul from its load of woe.

11. I saw, by faith, the blessed Savior
Extended on the accursed tree:
Praise him, my soul, praise him for ever;
Adore the God who died for thee.

12. Come, Christians, join with me in praising
The blessed Lord, who died for me ;
I hope to praise him while I'm living,
And after death, eternally.

 

Southern and Western Pocket Harmonist, 1846

1. Come all ye people of my nation,
Come listen awhile, and I'll relate
The wonders of my sad condition,
And how I traveled from that state.

2. I was born blind, to sin inclined,
As all the race of Adam are;
Full sixteen years I was delighted
In civil mirth, and void of fear.

3. One time unthoughtful I went to meeting
And heard a woman relating there
The travail of her sad condition,
And how she came the Lord to fear.

4. I saw, when she was this relating,
The awful state that I was in;
I saw my soul was unconverted,
And always had been dead in sin.

5. I then began to think of praying,
And trying for to seek the Lord;
But still my soul was much distressed
Before I unto Jesus cried.

6. I then began to seek conversion,
And cried to the Lord my soul to save,
I left my way of light diversion,
And then God's mercy I did crave.

7. My sins began, like pointed mountains,
To stand against me every day;
My sins I often was recounting,
But all in vain my grief t'allay.

8. One night, while thinking of the Savior,
And what he'd done for sinful man,
I thought my soul was out of favor,
And ne'er his goodness should obtain.

9. Mount Sinai's thunder rolled against me,
Not only for my outward sins,
But in my heart I saw the fountain
Which made my actions so unclean.

10. I saw myself justly condemned.
And thought my soul to hell must go;
But still I found his mercy extended.
Which made my soul with love o'er-flow.

11. Then I was delivered of my burden,
These words with power did run through me;
Well Christ remembers Calvary's mountain,
Nor let his saints forgetful be.

12. O, then by faith I thought I saw him
Hanging on the accursed tree;
O then my soul was much uplifted,
I then believed he died for me.

13. Come, Christians, join with me in praising
The blessed Lord, who died for me;
I hope to praise him while I'm living,
And, after death, eternally.