Milinda (Robert Boyd)

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  • (Posted 2019-04-05)  CPDL #53872:         
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2019-04-05).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 45 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Counter originally scored in Bass clef; transferred to Treble clef. Another pair of stanzas included from Watts' hymn.

General Information

Title: Milinda
First Line: In vain the wealthy mortals toil
Composer: Robert Boyd
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1816 in Kentucky Harmony, Edition 1
Description: A folk hymn (Jackson 1953a, no. 83), based on a seventeenth-century English song. This tune was reprinted (in all four parts) in Southern Harmony, 1835, p. 89, titled "Melinda". It was re-arranged by William Hauser in his The Hesperian Harp, 1848, p. 22. Words by Isaac Watts, 1707, Hymn 24 of Book 1, with four stanzas. Boyd used the first two stanzas of Watts' hymn in his composition.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at In vain the wealthy mortals toil.