Mercy Seat (Oliver Holden)

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  • (Posted 2015-02-07)   CPDL #34508:     
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-02-07).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 35 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. Four more stanzas of Cowper's hymn added below.
  • (Posted 2015-02-07)   CPDL #34509:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-02-07).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 50 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Four more stanzas of Cowper's hymn added below.

General Information

Title: Mercy Seat
First Line: Jesus, where-e'er Thy people meet
Composer: Oliver Holden
Lyricist: William Cowper

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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

Description: Words by William Cowper, 1779, his Hymn 44 of Book 2.

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Original text and translations

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Jesus, where-e'er Thy people meet,
There they behold Thy mercy seat.
Where-e'er they seek Thee Thou art found,
And every place is hallowed ground.

For Thou, within no walls confined,
Inhabitest the humble mind;
Such ever bring Thee, where they come,
And going, take Thee to their home.

Dear shepherd of the chosen few!
Thy former mercies here renew;
Here, to our waiting hearts, proclaim
The sweetness of Thy saving name.

Here may we prove the power of prayer,
To strengthen faith, and sweeten care;
To teach our faint desires to rise,
And bring all heav'n before our eyes.

Lord, we are few, but Thou art near;
Nor short Thine arm, nor deaf Thine ear;
O rend the heav'ns, come quickly down,
And make a thousand hearts thine own!