- (Posted 2017-11-06) CPDL #47232:
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-11-06). Score information: Letter, 1 page, 45 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Oval note edition. One small edit, otherwise as written in 1804. All four stanzas included.
- (Posted 2017-11-06) CPDL #47231:
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-11-06). Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 44 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). One small edit. All four stanzas included.
First Line: While we admire the vast design
Composer: Solomon Howe
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1804 in Howe's The Farmer's Evening Entertainment, p. 24
Description: Words by an unknown author, possibly Howe himself, first published with this tune in 1804, with four stanzas.
Original text and translations
1. While we admire the vast design
Of Christ our King, our Priest and God,
We trace the racking pains he bore,
To know the merits of his blood.
2. Though he was rich in worlds above,
Author of heaven's unbounded store,
Yet, for our sakes he left his throne,
Became immeasurably poor.
3. To make us rich in heavenly things,
He suffered pain, reproach, and grief;
To free us from eternal pains,
And grant poor dying men relief.
4. While on the cross he bore our crimes,
God's law was honored and restored;
His merits gave us life divine,
His name shall ever be adored.
Solomon Howe, The Farmer's Evening Entertainment, 1804