Sicily (Oliver Holden)

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  • (Posted 2015-07-09)   CPDL #36020:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-07-09).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 49 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. Holden included only the first stanza of Gibbons' hymn, but it makes little sense by itself; the whole song is repeated with the second stanza. The third and fourth stanzas are similarly paired below. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-07-09)   CPDL #36018:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-07-09).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 51 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Holden included only the first stanza of Gibbons' hymn, but it makes little sense by itself; the whole song is repeated with the second stanza. The third and fourth stanzas are similarly paired below.

General Information

Title: Sicily
First Line: In the soft season of thy youth
Composer: Oliver Holden
Lyricist: Thomas Gibbons

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1800 in Plain Psalmody, p. 11

Description: Words by Thomas Gibbons, 1769, in four stanzas.

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Original text and translations

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In the soft season of thy youth,
In nature's smiling bloom,
Ere age arrives, and, trembling, wait
Its summons to the tomb.

Remember thy Creator, God;
For Him thy powers employ.
Make Him thy fear, thy love, thy hope,
Thy confidence, thy joy.

He shall defend and guide thy course
Through life's uncertain sea,
Till thou art landed on the shore
Of blest eternity.

Then seek the Lord betimes, and choose
The path of heavenly truth;
The earth affords no lovelier sight
Than a religious youth.