Musical Captive (Abraham Wood)

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  • (Posted 2016-05-11)   CPDL #39630:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-05-11).   Score information: Unknown, 1 page, 67 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape).

General Information

Title: Musical Captive
First Line: Music, descending on a silent cloud
Composer: Abraham Wood
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1793 in The Columbian Harmony, p. 9

Description: Words by Isaac Watts, 1706, six lines from a long poem entitled The Happy Man. The meter is irregular, so other lines from this poem don't fit the music.

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Original text and translations

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Music, descending on a silent cloud,
Tuned all her strings with endless art;
By slow degrees from soft to loud;
Changing, she rose:
The harp and lute harmonious join,
the hero to salute,
And make a captive of his heart.