Hymn on the Divine Use of Music (Nicholas Brady)

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  • (Posted 2018-10-20)  CPDL #51528:         
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2018-10-20).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 64 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition, as published in 1708. All seven stanzas included, as in 1703.
  • (Posted 2018-10-20)  CPDL #51527:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2018-10-20).   Score information: Unknown, 1 page, 40 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). All seven stanzas given, as in 1708.

General Information

Title: Hymn on the Divine Use of Music
Composer: Nicholas Brady
Lyricist: John Playford

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1708 in A Supplement to the New Version of Psalms, p. 62, Edition 6
Description: For three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass. Words by John Playford, 1677. Seven stanzas given in Brady and Tate.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

1. We sing to thee whose wisdom formed
The curious organ of the ear;
And thou, who gavest us voices, Lord,
Our grateful songs in kindness hear.

2. We'll joy in God, who is the spring
Of lawful joy and harmless mirth;
Whose boundless love is justly called
The harmony of heaven and earth.


3. Thy praises, dearest Lord, aloud
Our grateful anthems shall rehearse;
Which rightly tuned, are rightly styled
The music of the universe.

4. And while we sing we'll consecrate
To thee that violated art,
In offering up, by every tongue,
With every song a flaming heart.


5. We'll hallow pleasure, and redeem
From vulgar use our tuneful voice:
Those lips that wantonly have sung,
Shall be employed in nobler joys.

6. Thus we, poor mortals, here on earth
Will imitate the heavenly choirs;
And in exalted notes, we'll send
In holy hymns our raised desires.


7. And that we may be sure above,
When there we come our part to know;
We'll practice, both at home and church,
Our Hallelujahs here below.