Resignation (Samuel Babcock)

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  • (Posted 2016-06-02)   CPDL #39905:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-06-02).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 69 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. The other pair of stanzas included from Wesley's hymn. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2016-06-01)   CPDL #39904:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-06-01).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 67 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). The other pair of stanzas included from Wesley's hymn.

General Information

Title: Resignation
First Line: Behold the Savior of mankind
Composer: Samuel Babcock
Lyricist: Samuel Wesley, Sr.

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Genre: SacredSet piece   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1795 in Babcock's The Middlesex Harmony, no. 8, p. 13-14

Description: Words by Samuel Wesley, Sr., in four stanzas. Babcock used the first and third stanzas of Wesley's hymn in his composition.

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Original text and translations

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Behold the Savior of mankind
Nailed to the shameful tree!
How vast the love that Him inclined
To bleed and die for thee!

Hark how he groans while nature shakes,
And earth's strong pillars bend!
The temple's veil in sunder breaks,
The solid marbles rend.


'Tis done; the precious ransom's paid;
"Receive my soul!" He cries.
See where he bows his sacred head;
He bows his head and dies!

But soon he'll break death's envious chain,
And in full glory shine.
O Lamb of God, was ever pain,
Was ever love, like thine?