Shiloh (Oliver Holden)
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-09-23). Score information: Letter, 1 page, 58 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Oval note edition, as written in 1803. The other five stanzas of this hymn added below.
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-09-23). Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 58 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). The other five stanzas of this hymn added below.
First Line: Fair as a blooming, tender flower
Composer: Oliver Holden
Lyricist: William Robertsoncreate page
Number of voices: 3vv Voicing: STB
Genre: Sacred Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1803 in The Charlestown Collection, 1803, p. 64, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass
Description: Words by William Robertson in Scottish Paraphrases, 1751. There are many versions of this hymn; the following is from Jeremy Belknap's Sacred Poetry, 1795. Holden used the second stanza in his composition.
Original text and translations
The Savior comes! No outward pomp
bespeaks his presence nigh;
No earthly beauties in Him shine
To draw the carnal eye.
Fair as a blooming, tender flower
Amidst the desert grows ;
So slighted and despised by man
The heavenly Savior rose.
They held Him as condemned by heaven,
An outcast from his God;
While for their sins He groaned and bled
Beneath his Father's rod.
With sinners in the dust He lay,
The rich a grave supplied;
Unspotted was His blameless life,
Unstained by sin He died.
His soul rejoicing shall behold
The purchase of his pain:
And every sinner by Him saved
Shall bless Messiah’s reign.
He died to bear the guilt of men
That sin might be forgiven;
He lives to bless them and defend
And plead their cause in heaven.
James Robertson, 1751
This version from Belknap’s Sacred Poetry, 1795, Hymn 239