Evening Hymn (Oliver Holden)
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-07-18). Score information: Letter, 1 page, 66 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Oval note edition.
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-07-18). Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 66 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). The other three stanzas of this hymn added below, from The Liverpool Collection.
Title: Evening Hymn
First Line: Now may soft slumbers close my eyes
Composer: Oliver Holden
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1800 in Plain Psalmody, p. 44
Description: Words originally published in The Gentleman's Magazine, Vol 19, No. 1, 1749, attributed to "L. A."; amended in The Liverpool Collection, 1763; four stanzas. Holden used the third stanza in his composition.
- Scans of The Gentleman's Magazine 
- Anonymous. 1763. Form of Prayer, and A New Collection of Psalms, For the Use of a Congregation of Protestant Dissenters in Liverpool. London, England: The Society, 300 pp. 
Original text and translations
1. Indulgent God, whose bounteous care
O'er all thy works is shown!
O! Let my grateful prayer and praise
Ascend before Thy throne.
2. What mercies has this day bestowed,
How largely hast thou blest!
My cup with plenty overflowed,
With cheerfulness my bread.
3. Now may soft slumbers close my eyes,
From pain and sickness free:
And let my waking thoughts arise
To meditate on Thee.
4. So bless each future day and night,
Till life's fond scene is o'er;
And then to realms of endless light,
O! Let my spirit soar.