Solitude in the Grove (Ananias Davisson)

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  • (Posted 2017-11-12)   CPDL #47331:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-11-12).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 48 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note heads converted to oval shapes. Several notes changed, mostly misprints; The C's in Tenor sharped, as suggested in Jackson (1953a), no. 186. Two more pairs of stanzas included from Watts' paraphrase. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2017-11-12)   CPDL #47330:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-11-12).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 47 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note heads in four-shape format, as originally published. Several notes changed, mostly misprints; The C's in Tenor sharped, as suggested in Jackson (1953a), no. 186. Two more pairs of stanzas included from Watts' paraphrase.

General Information

Title: Solitude in the Grove
First Line: O were I like a feathered dove
Composer: Ananias Davisson
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredPsalm-tune  Meter: 86. 86. D (C.M.D.) (Davisson)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1817 in Kentucky Harmony.

Description: This tune appears nearly unchanged in Southern Harmony, 1835, p. 38. Words by Isaac Watts, 1719, paraphrase of Psalm 55, Part 1, with ten stanzas. Davisson used the fourth and fifth stanzas of Watts' paraphrase, modifying the last few words of Watts' fifth stanza from "Temptations never come" to "And sorrows never come."

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 55.