Sweeter sounds than music knows (Rod Mather)

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  • (Posted 2001-02-19)  CPDL #02085:  Network.png PDF File and MP3 instrumental.
Editor: Rod Mather (submitted 2001-02-19).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 60 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Sweeter Sounds than Music Knows
Composer: Rod Mather
Lyricist: John Newton (hymnwriter)

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

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Original text and translations

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Sweeter sounds than music knows
 charm me, in Emmanuel's Name;
all her hopes my spirit owes
 to His birth, and cross, and shame.

When He came the angels sang
 glory be to God on high,
Lord, unloose my stammering tongue,
 who should louder sing than I.

Did the Lord a man become
 that He might the law fulfill,
bleed and suffer in my room,
 and canst thou, my tongue, be still?

No, I must my praises bring,
 though they worthless are, and weak;
for should I refuse to sing
 sure the very stones would speak.

O my Saviour, Shield, and Sun,
 Shepherd, Brother, Husband, Friend,
every precious name in one;
 I will love Thee without end.