Sweet to rejoice in lively hope (Thomas Clark)

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  • (Posted 2007-11-11)  CPDL #15372:     
Editor: Tim Henderson (submitted 2007-11-11).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 331 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: This version is based on the Union Tune Book. Text by Augustus Toplady: "This hymn was written for the late Countess of Huntingdon, at her request, when in illness, by the Rev. Mr. Toplady, and kindly given to the publisher….. Gospel Magazine, Oct 1796." (Julian's Dictionary of Hymnology)

General Information

Title: Sweet to rejoice in lively hope
Composer: Thomas Clark
Tune: Overton
Lyricist: Augustus Toplady

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1806 in A Second Set of Psalm and Hymn Tunes, p. 12
Description: Hymn Tune Index tune number 11431.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

When languor and disease invade
C.M. Written in illness
'My meditation of Him shall be sweet' (Psalm 104:34)

1. When languor and disease invade
This trembling house of clay,
'Tis sweet to look beyond the cage,
And long to fly away…

5. Sweet to rejoice in lively hope
That when my change shall come,
Angels will hover round my bed,
And waft my spirit home…