Knowles (G Knowles)

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  • (Posted 2008-06-21)  CPDL #17309:       
Editor: Tim Henderson (submitted 2008-06-21).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 80 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: This edition is based on "A companion to the Wesleyan hymn-book" : being a selection of two hundred and twenty-eight tunes, from the works of the most celebrated masters, comprising all the metres in the hymn-book and supplement : arranged in four parts, with accompaniments for the organ and piano forte : intended for use in Wesleyan congregations, classes, prayer-meetings, schools, and families : also a supplement of the most admired chants with plain directions for their use (1852). In this source, the tune is named 'Knowles'.

General Information

Title: Knowles
Composer: G Knowles
Lyricist: Charles Wesley

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 77. 77. 77

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1808
Description: According to the Hymn Tune Index, this tune first appeared in the collection Jubal's Lyre [c1808] compiled by J. B. Wylde. In this collection, the tune was named 'Southwark Chapel': Wylde was described as 'conductor of the singing at Southwark Chapel London'. The text used was 'Since the Son hath made me free'. The tune was later included in Sacred Music [1811-1819], a collection of G. Knowles' music published after his death under the direction of his son W. Knowles. Here, the tune was named 'Purple Flood', and associated with the Charles Wesley text 'Weary souls, that wander wide…..Sink into the purple flood'.

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Original text and translations

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1. Centre of our hopes thou art,
End of our enlarged desires;
Stamp thine image on our heart;
Fill us now with heav'nly fires;
Cemented by love divine,
Seal our souls for ever thine.

2. All our works in thee be wrought,
Levelled at one common aim;
Every word, and every thought,
Purge in the refining flame:
Lead us through the paths of peace,
On to perfect holiness.

3. Let us all together rise,
To thy glorious life restored,
Here regain our paradise,
Here prepare to meet our Lord;
Here enjoy the earnest given,
Travel hand in hand to heaven!