Repentant Song (Oliver Holden)

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  • (Posted 2015-08-13)   CPDL #36465:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-08-13).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 47 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Four-part version. Counter part by B. C. Johnston, 2015. Oval note edition. The other four stanzas of Taylor's hymn added below. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-08-13)   CPDL #36464:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-08-13).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 50 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Four-part version. Counter part by B. C. Johnston, 2015. Note shapes added (4-shape). The other four stanzas of Taylor's hymn added below.

General Information

Title: Repentant Song
First Line: God of mercy, God of love
Composer: Oliver Holden
Lyricist: John Taylor

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 66. 86 (S.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1800 in Plain Psalmody, p. 33, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass.

Description: Words by John Taylor, 1795, with five stanzas. Modern versions of Taylor's hymn often have the stanzas in different order than the original publication, given below.

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Original text and translations

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1. God of mercy, God of love,
Hear our sad repentant song;
Sorrow dwells on every face,
Penitence on every tongue.

2. Deep regret for follies past,
Talents wasted, time misspent;
Hearts debased by worldly cares,
Thankless for the blessings lent.

 

3. Foolish fears, and fond desires,
Vain regrets for things as vain;
Lips too seldom taught to praise,
Oft to murmur and complain.

4. These, and every secret fault,
Filled with grief and shame we own;
Humbled, at Thy feet we lie,
Seeking pardon from Thy throne.

 

5. God of mercy, God of grace,
Hear our sad repentant songs;
O restore thy suppliant race,
Thou to whom all praise belongs.

A penitential hymn by John Taylor