O snatch me swift (John Wall Callcott)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2023-09-12).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 465 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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Edition notes: Transcription of Novello's edition
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General Information

Title: O snatch me swift
Composer: John Wall Callcott

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATBB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella (originally). Piano accompaniment added by William Horsley (1774-1858).

First published: 1788 Warren's twenty-fifth collection
    2nd published: 1824 Horsley (memorial edition)
    2nd published: 1851 Novello's Glee Hive no.15
Description: A five part glee to the text of an anonymous poem published in 1788. Considered by many to be his best composition in this genre.

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Original text and translations

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O snatch me swift from these tempestuous scenes,
To where life knows not what distraction means;
To where religion, peace, and comfort dwell,
And cheer, with heart-felt rays, my lonely cell;
Yet if it please thee best, thou pow'r supreme,
My bark to drive through life's more rapid stream,
If low’ring storms my destined course attend,
And ocean rages till my days shall end.
Let ocean rage, let storms indignant roar,
I bow submissive and resigned adore.