Seclusion (Oliver Holden)

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  • (Posted 2016-01-12)   CPDL #38145:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-01-12).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 73 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Four-part version; Counter part written by B. C. Johnston, 2016. Oval note edition. All four stanzas from Watts' hymn included. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2016-01-12)   CPDL #38144:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-01-12).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 74 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Four-part version; Counter part written by B. C. Johnston, 2016. Note shapes added (4-shape). All four stanzas from Watts' hymn included.
  • (Posted 2016-01-12)   CPDL #38143:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-01-12).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 55 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Three-part version, oval notes. Top two staffs switched, otherwise as written in 1803. Shown here without words. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Seclusion
First Line: Man has a soul of vast desires
Composer: Oliver Holden
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1803 in The Charlestown Collection, p. 44, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass

Description: Words begin "Pale sorrow folds me in her arms," from an unknown source. Words substituted for these editions: Isaac Watts, 1709, Hymn 146 of Book 2, with four stanzas.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Man has a soul of vast desires.

English.png English text

Pale sorrow folds me in her arms,
My rude notes tremble in the breeze:
Joy can no more inspire the lay,
Or syren pleasure's soft song please.
Words published with tune in 1803, from an unknown source