CORINTH (Mason)

CORINTH (Mason)

Composer: Lowell Mason
Published in 6 hymnals


Composer: Lowell Mason

Dr. Lowell Mason (the degree was conferred by the University of New York) is justly called the father of American church music; and by his labors were founded the germinating principles of national musical intelligence and knowledge, which afforded a soil upon which all higher musical culture has been founded. To him we owe some of our best ideas in religious church music, elementary musical education, music in the schools, the popularization of classical chorus singing, and the art of teaching music upon the Inductive or Pestalozzian plan. More than that, we owe him no small share of the respect which the profession of music enjoys at the present time as contrasted with the contempt in which it was held a century or more ago. In fact, the… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Lowell Mason
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Incipit: 13555 6555
Key: Dâ™­ Major

Texts

How oft, alas! this wretched heart

How oft, alas! this wretched heart
Has wandered from the Lord!
How oft my roving thoughts depart,
Forgetful of His word!

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My God, how wonderful Thou art

I love to steal awhile away

I love to steal awhile away
From every cumbering care,
And spend the hours of setting day
In humble, grateful prayer.

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