Serepta (Oliver Holden)
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-08-11). Score information: Letter, 1 page, 56 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Four-part version. Counter part written by B. C. Johnston, 2015. Oval note edition. The other four stanzas from Enfield's hymn added below.
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-08-11). Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 56 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Four-part version. Counter part written by B. C. Johnston, 2015. Note shapes added (4-shape). The other four stanzas from Enfield's hymn added below.
First Line: I hear the voice of woe
Composer: Oliver Holden
Lyricist: William Enfield
Number of voices: 3vv Voicing: STB
Genre: Sacred Meter: 66. 86 (S.M.)
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1800 in Plain Psalmody, p. 51, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass
Description: Words by William Enfield, 1772, entitled Forgiveness, with five stanzas.
Original text and translations
1. I hear the voice of woe!
I hear a brothers' sigh!
Then let my heart with pity flow
With tears of love mine eyes.
2. I hear the thirsty cry;
The hungry beg for bread;
Then let my spring its stream supply,
My hand its bounty shed.
3. The debtor humbly sues,
Who would, but cannot, pay;
And shall I leniency refuse,
Who need it every day?
4. And shall not wrath relent,
Touched by that humble strain,
My brother crying, "I repent,
Nor will offend again"?
5. How else, on soaring wing,
Can hope bear high my prayer,
Up to Thy throne, my God, my King,
To plead for pardon there?
Forgiveness by William Enfield