Humility (Oliver Shaw)

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Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2019-12-01).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 79 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2019-12-01).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 2 pages, 79 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Humility
First Line: Beneath the stern, unyielding power
Composer: Oliver Shaw
Lyricist: J. M. Williams

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1808 in The Columbian Sacred Harmonist

Description: Words by "J. M. Williams", apparently first published in The Columbian Sacred Harmonist in 1808, with four stanzas, all used by Shaw in his composition.

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Original text and translations

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1. Beneath the stern, unyielding power
Of chilling winter's icy breath,
Each feeble, tender, transient flower
Resigns its beauty, sinks in death.

 

2. But summer's sun, with genial ray,
Will drive the wintry gloom away,
And humble flowers again resume
Their charms, with renovated bloom.

 

3. Thus do the haughty sons of earth,
With transient triumph here disdain
The humble Christian's modest worth,
And glory in his dying pain.

 

4. But He, who bids the thunders speak,
Proclaims his blessings to the meek:
Transports the soul beyond earth's gloom,
To regions of perennial bloom.