- (Posted 2015-09-19) CPDL #36834:
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-09-19). Score information: Letter, 1 page, 60 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Oval note edition, as written in 1806. All six stanzas of Cowper's hymn included.
- (Posted 2015-09-19) CPDL #36833:
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-09-19). Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 43 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). All six stanzas of Cowper's hymn included.
First Line: Winter has a joy for me
Composer: Oliver Holden
Lyricist: William Cowper
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred Meter: 77. 77
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1806 in The Sacred Minstrel, p. 56
Description: Words by William Cowper, 1779, entitled I will praise the Lord at all times, with six stanzas.
Original text and translations
Winter has a joy for me,
While the Savior’s charms I read,
Lowly, meek, from blemish free,
In the snow–drop’s pensive head.
Spring returns, and brings along
Hark! the turtle’s plaintive song,
Seems to speak his dying groans!
Summer has a thousand charms,
All expressive of his worth;
’Tis his sun that lights and warms,
His the air that cools the earth.
What, has autumn left to say
Nothing, of a Savior’s grace?
Yes, the beams of milder day
Tell me of his smiling face.
Light appears with early dawn
While the sun makes haste to rise,
See his bleeding beauties, drawn
On the blushes of the skies.
Evening, with a silent pace,
Slowly moving in the west,
Shows an emblem of his grace,
Points to an eternal rest.