Grateful Notes (Martin Madan)

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  • (Posted 2019-11-23)  CPDL #56027:         
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2019-11-23).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 69 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition, Treble-Tenor-Bass as arranged by Oliver Shaw, 1808. Counter part written by B. C. Johnston, 2019.
  • (Posted 2019-11-23)  CPDL #56018:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2019-11-23).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 3 pages, 71 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Arranged by Oliver Shaw, 1808. Four-part edition; Counter part written by B. C. Johnston, 2019. Note shapes added (4-shape). Transcribed from The Columbian Sacred Harmonist (Oliver Shaw), 1808.

General Information

Title: Grateful Notes
First Line: Grateful notes and numbers bring
Composer: Martin Madan
Lyricist: William Dodd

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Genre: SacredSet piece   Meter: 77. 77

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1775 in The Hymns used at the Magdalen Chapel
    2nd published: 1808 in The Columbian Sacred Harmonist
Description: Words by William Dodd, first published in Christian's Magazine, February 1766, with seven stanzas (Julian 1907, p. 450). Madan used stanzas one, two, and five in his composition.

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Original text and translations

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1. Grateful notes and numbers bring,
While Jehovah’s praise we sing:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord!
Be Thy glorious name adored.

2. Men on earth, and saints above,
Sing the great Redeemer’s love:
Lord, Thy mercies never fail:
Hail, celestial goodness, hail!

3. Though unworthy, Lord, Thine ear,
Our humble hallelujahs hear;
Purer praise we hope to bring
When with saints we stand and sing.


4. Lead us to that blissful state
Where Thou reignest supremely great;
Look with pity from Thy throne,
And send Thy Holy Spirit down.

5. While on earth ordained to stay,
Guide our footsteps in Thy way;
Till we come to reign with Thee,
And all Thy glorious greatness see.

6. Then with angels we’ll again
Wake a louder, louder strain;
There, in joyful songs of praise,
We'll our grateful voices raise.


7. There no tongue shall silent be;
There all shall join sweet harmony;
That through heaven’s all spacious round,
Thy praise, 0 God, may ever sound!

Christian's Magazine, 1766