Smyrna (Oliver Holden)

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  • (Posted 2015-09-10)   CPDL #36742:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-09-10).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 60 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition, as written in 1796. The other two stanzas of Watts' hymn included. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-09-10)   CPDL #36740:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-09-10).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 47 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). The other pair of stanzas of Watts' hymn included.

General Information

Title: Smyrna
First Line: Why should the children of a King
Composer: Oliver Holden
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1796 in The Union Harmony Ed. 2, p. 95, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass

Description: Words by Isaac Watts, 1709, his Hymn 144 of Book 1, with four stanzas. Holden used the first and fourth stanzas of Watts' hymn in his composition.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Why should the children of a King.