Rest (Oliver Holden)

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  • (Posted 2015-03-20)  CPDL #34822:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-03-20).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 56 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. Seven more stanzas added below, equivalent to three and a half of Rippon's L.M.D stanzas.
  • (Posted 2015-03-20)  CPDL #34823:     
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-03-20).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 59 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape).

General Information

Title: Rest
First Line: Descend, Holy Spirit, the Dove
Composer: Oliver Holden

Number of voices: 2,4vv   Voicings: SB, TB or SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.) (Holden), 88. 88. D (L.M.D.) (Rippon)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1803 in The Charlestown Collection, p. 28
    2nd published: 1806 in The Young Convert's Companion for two parts, no. 14
Description: Holden attributed the words to "Dr. [Philip] Doddridge," 1702-1751, but these lyrics could be not be found in Doddridge's Hymns Founded on Various Texts, 1755. The lyrics apparently appeared first in John Rippon's A Selection of Hymns From the Best Authors, 1787, as Hymn 214, where it is unattributed. Rippon's Hymn 214 is L. M. D. (88. 88. 88. 88.), whereas Holden's work is L. M. (88. 88.), using only the first four lines of Rippon's first eight-line stanza.

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Original text and translations

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1. Descend, Holy Spirit the Dove,
And visit a sorrowful breast,
My burden of guilt to remove
And bring me assurance and rest,
Thou only hast power to relieve
A sinner o'erwhelmed with his load,
The sense of election to give,
And sprinkle his heart with the blood.

2. With me if of old Thou haft strove,
And kindly withheld me from sin,
Resolved by the force of Thy love
My worthless affections to win;
The work of Thy mercy revive,
Invincible mercy exert,
And keep my weak graces alive
And set up Thy rest in my heart.

3. If when I have put Thee to grief,
And madly to folly returned,
Thy goodness hath been my relief,
And lifted me up as I mourned;
Most pitiful spirit of grace,
Relieve me again, and restore,
My spirit in holiness raise,
To fall and to grieve Thee no more.

4. If now I lament after God,
And pant for a drop of His love,
If Jesus, who poured out his blood,
Obtain me a mansion above;
Come, heavenly comforter, come,
Sweet witness of mercy divine!
And make me Thy permanent home,
And seal me eternally Thine.