Dedicatory Hymn (Oliver Holden)

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  • (Posted 2015-07-11)  CPDL #36029:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-07-11).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 74 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. The other four stanzas of this hymn added below.
  • (Posted 2015-07-11)  CPDL #36028:     
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-07-11).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 61 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). The other four stanzas from this hymn added below.

General Information

Title: Dedicatory Hymn
First Line: Let flowing numbers sweetly rise
Composer: Oliver Holden
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1800 in Plain Psalmody, p. 69
Description: Words by an unknown author. Apparently composed for the dedication of the Baptist Meeting House in Charlestown, for the words are printed in full in a published record of the dedication ceremony. [1]

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Let flowing numbers sweetly rise,
And waft our praises to the skies;
For all the blessings life bestows,
And all the joys the gospel shows.

Here in Thy courts we prostrate bow,
To offer up this solemn vow:
To dedicate this sacred place,
And celebrate redeeming grace.

Now may the King of Zion hear!
His glory in this house appear!
And, as in Israel’s ancient days,
Accept the offering and the praise.

Here may the saints with truth be fed,
Pure from the gospel’s fountain head;
Here let the sinner hear his doom,
And timely flee the wrath to come.

O may the church, in every place,
Increase in numbers and in grace;
Till all the ransomed millions rise
To shout redemption through the skies.