Franklin (Amos Pilsbury)

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Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2018-01-01).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 71 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. All six stanzas of Wesley's hymn included.
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2018-01-01).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 68 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). All six stanzas of Wesley's hymn included.

General Information

Title: Franklin
First Line: Jesus, great Redeemer, hear
Composer: Amos Pilsbury
Lyricist: Charles Wesley

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 76. 76. D

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1799 in Pilsbury's The United States Sacred Harmony, p. 163

Description: Words by Charles Wesley, 1742, based on John 1:42, with six stanzas. Original words in Pilsbury 1799 were by an unknown author, the second stanza of a hymn which begins, "Our most indulgent Savior," probably by an English author before 1769; the words in Pilsbury begin "The place of John we'd covet."

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Jesus, great Redeemer, hear.

Original words

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1. Our most indulgent Savior
Teach us thy love to find,
To triumph in thy favor
And know thy Spirit's mind.
This grace to us be given,
This be our one request,
To want no other heaven,
Than leaning on thy breast.


2. The place of John we'd covet,
More than a Seraph's throne,
To rest in our beloved,
And breathe our final groan.
On thee alone relying
To lose our sin and pain;
And on thy bosom dying,
Our life eternal gain.


Adoring Free and Sovereign Mercy from John Edwards, compiler. 1769. A Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Use of Serious and Devout Christians of All Denominations. Leeds, England: Griffith Wright. 191 pp.