Serepta (Oliver Holden)

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  • (Posted 2015-08-11)   CPDL #36458:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-08-11).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 56 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Four-part version. Counter part written by B. C. Johnston, 2015. Oval note edition. The other four stanzas from Enfield's hymn added below. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-08-11)   CPDL #36457:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-08-11).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 56 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Four-part version. Counter part written by B. C. Johnston, 2015. Note shapes added (4-shape). The other four stanzas from Enfield's hymn added below.

General Information

Title: Serepta
First Line: I hear the voice of woe
Composer: Oliver Holden
Lyricist: William Enfield

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1800 in Plain Psalmody, p. 51, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass

Description: Words by William Enfield, 1772, entitled Forgiveness, with five stanzas.

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Original text and translations

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1. I hear the voice of woe!
I hear a brothers' sigh!
Then let my heart with pity flow
With tears of love mine eyes.

2. I hear the thirsty cry;
The hungry beg for bread;
Then let my spring its stream supply,
My hand its bounty shed.

3. The debtor humbly sues,
Who would, but cannot, pay;
And shall I leniency refuse,
Who need it every day?

4. And shall not wrath relent,
Touched by that humble strain,
My brother crying, "I repent,
Nor will offend again"?

5. How else, on soaring wing,
Can hope bear high my prayer,
Up to Thy throne, my God, my King,
To plead for pardon there?

Forgiveness by William Enfield