The Enquirer (Jeremiah Ingalls)

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  • (Posted 2017-06-04)  CPDL #44861:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-06-04).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 32 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Four-part version; Counter part written by B. C. Johnston, 2017. Note shapes added (4-shape). All six stanzas included; words omitted from stanzas 1 and 3, to make the meter fit the music. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2017-06-04)   CPDL #44860:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-06-04).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 33 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Three-part version. Oval note edition, as written in 1805. All six stanzas included; words omitted from stanzas 1 and 3, to make the meter fit the music. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2017-06-04)   CPDL #44859:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-06-04).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 30 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Three-part version. Note shapes added (4-shape). All six stanzas included; words omitted from stanzas 1 and 3, to make the meter fit the music.

General Information

Title: The Enquirer
First Line: O! that some kind one would tell me
Composer: Jeremiah Ingalls
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 87. 87 (irregular)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1805 in Ingalls' The Christian Harmony, p. 29, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass.

Description: Words by an unknown author, apparently first appearing in Ingalls 1805, with six stanzas. Meter of the music is 87. 87, but the words don't always fit the music.

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Original text and translations

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1. O! that some kind one would tell me,
Is this the road that Christians go?
Hark, and hear what has befell me,
Now my heart is filled with woe.

2. Oft with darkness I’m surrounded,
Peace nor comfort can I find;
If I hear the gospel sound, it
Brings no comfort to my mind.

 

3. O! the sin, that’s in me lurking,
Often brings me very low;
Satan, busy with me working,
Is this the road that Christians go?

4. If Christ Jesus, by his spirit,
Took possession of my heart,
Could I not then plead his merit,
Should I from his way depart?

 

5. But can this be all delusion,
Which by turns I think I feel?
Who can tell the whole conclusion?
To the Lord I must appeal.

6. But if bread of life’s been broken,
And my heart renewed by grace,
Jesus, wilt thou as a token,
Let me see thy smiling face?