From heaven the loud, the angelic song (Oliver Holden)

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  • (Posted 2015-09-21)   CPDL #36867:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-09-21).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 162 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. A few small edits, otherwise as written in 1793. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: From heaven the loud, the angelic song
Composer: Oliver Holden

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: String ensemble

First published: 1793 in The Union Harmony, Vol. 2, pp. 15-23

Description: This anthem is mostly a cappella, with short interludes for four-piece string ensemble. Words "from Lady Huntingdon's Collection", beginning with a hymn by Walter Shirley from that work, 1773. The first choral portion of this composition is for three vocal parts (Treble-Tenor-Bass); the last half was written for four vocal parts.

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Original text and translations

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From heaven the loud, the angelic song began,
It shook the skies and reached astonished man;
By man re-echoed, it shall mount again,
While fragrant odors fill the blissful plain.

Worthy, worthy the Lamb of boundless sway,
In earth or heaven the Lord of all.
Ye princes, rulers, powers obey,
And low before His footstool fall.

The deed was done, the Lamb was slain,
The groaning earth the burden bore,
He rose, He lives! He lives to reign,
Nor time shall shake His endless power.


Riches and all that deck the great
From world unnumbered hither bring;
The tribute pour before His feet,
And hail the triumphs of our King.

Wisdom and strength are His alone,
He raised the topstone, shouting grace,
Honor has built His lofty throne,
And glory shines upon His face.

From heaven, from earth, loud bursts of praise,
The mighty blessings shall proclaim
Blessings that earth to glory raise
The purchase of the wounded Lamb.


Higher, still higher, swell the strain,
Creation's voice the note prolong,
The Lamb shall ever, ever reign.
Let Hallelujahs crown the song.

Hallelujah, Amen.