Arnon (Timothy Swan)

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Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-01-09).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 77 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition.
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-01-09).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 68 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). All six stanzas of Steele's poem included, renumbered to follow Swan's choice of text.

General Information

Title: Arnon
First Line: Great God, to thy almighty love
Composer: Timothy Swan
Lyricist: Anne Steele

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1801 in Swan's New England Harmony, p. 12

Description: Words by Anne Steele, 1760, poem entitled The Goodness of God, with six stanzas. Swan used the sixth stanza of Steele's poem in his composition.

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Original text and translations

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1. Ye humble souls, approach your God
With songs of sacred praise;
For he is good, immensely good,
And kind are all his ways.

2. All nature owns his guardian care.
In him we live and move;
But nobler benefits declare
The wonders of his love.


3. He gave his son, his only son,
To ransom rebel worms;
'Tis here he makes his goodness known
In its divinest forms.

4. To this dear refuge, Lord, we come,
'Tis here our hope relies;
A safe defense, a peaceful home,
When storms of trouble rise.


5. Thy eye beholds, with kind regard.
The souls who trust in thee;
Their humble hope thou wilt reward.
With bliss divinely free.

6. Great God, to thy almighty love,
What honors shall we raise?
Not all the raptured songs above
Can render equal praise.