- (Posted 2016-10-21) CPDL #41510:
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-10-21). Score information: Letter, 1 page, 51 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Oval note edition. All five stanzas of Steele's hymn included.
- (Posted 2016-10-21) CPDL #41509:
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-10-21). Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 51 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). All five stanzas of Steele's hymn included.
First Line: Thy pardoning love, so free, so sweet
Composer: Samuel Holyoke
Lyricist: Anne Steele
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1797 in The Village Harmony
Description: Words by Anne Steele, 1760, Forgiving Love, in five stanzas. Holyoke used the fifth stanza of Steele's hymn in his composition.
Original text and translations
1. How oft, alas, this wretched heart
Has wandered from the Lord!
How oft my roving thoughts depart,
Forgetful of his word.
2. Yet sovereign mercy calls, return :
Dear Lord, and may I come?
My vile ingratitude I mourn;
Oh take the wanderer home.
3. And canst thou, wilt thou yet forgive,
And bid my crimes remove?
And shall a pardoned rebel live
To speak thy wondrous love?
4. Almighty grace, thy healing power
How glorious, how divine!
That can to bliss and life restore
So vile a heart as mine.
5. Thy pardoning love, so free, so sweet,
Dear Savior, I adore;
O keep me at thy sacred feet,
And let me rove no more.