Lovest Thou Me (1846) (William Walker)

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  • (Posted 2018-06-20)  CPDL #50198:         
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2018-06-20).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 46 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Notes in four-shape format, as originally published in 1846. Counter part written by B. C. Johnston, 2018, and the lower notes of the Treble transferred to the Counter. All six stanzas of Cowper's hymn included.

General Information

Title: Lovest Thou Me (1846)
First Line: Hark, my soul! It is the Lord
Composer: William Walker
Lyricist: William Cowper

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 77. 77 with refrain (11 9)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1846 in Southern and Western Pocket Harmonist, p. 164, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass
Description: Tune of unknown origin, but very different from William Walker's Lovest Thou Me of 1873. The words to stanzas by William Cowper, 1779, with six stanzas; chorus by an anonymous author. Music Code: 33(1)22(D7)U1(2)1(D7)5-77(5)7U1(2)321-1D55345U1D5531-U1D55345U321

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Original text and translations

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1. Hark, my soul! it is the Lord;
Tis thy Savior, hear his word;
Jesus speaks, and speaks to thee;
Say, poor sinner, lovest thou me?

Hark! hark! Tis the voice of my Savior and Lord;
He calls unto me,
Poor sinner, come!

2. I delivered thee when bound,
And, when wounded, healed thy wound;
Sought thee wand’ring, set thee right,
Turned thy darkness into light.


3. Can a woman’s tender care
Cease, towards the child she bare?
Yes, she may forgetful be,
Yet will I remember thee.

4. Mine is an unchanging love;
Higher than the heights above;
Deeper than the depths beneath,
Free and faithful, strong as death.

5. Thou shalt see my glory soon,
When the work of grace is done;
Partner of my throne shalt be,
Say, poor sinner, lovest thou me?


6. Lord it is my chief complaint,
That my love is weak and faint;
Yet I love thee and adore,
Oh for grace to love thee more!