|Short Name:||Oliver Holden, 1765-1844|
|Full Name:||Holden, Oliver, 1765-1844|
Holden, Oliver, one of the pioneers of American psalmody, was born in 1765, and was brought up as a carpenter. Subsequently he became a teacher and music-seller. He died at Charlestown, Massachusetts, 1844. His published works are American Harmony, 1793; the Worcester Collection, 1797; and other Tune books. One of his most popular tunes is "Coronation." It is thought that he edited a small hymn-book, published at Boston before 1808, in which are 21 of his hymns with the signature "H." A single copy only of this book is known, and that is without title-page. Of his hymns the following are in common use:—
1. All those who seek a throne of grace. [God present where prayer is offered.] Was given in Peabody's Springfield Collection, 1835, No. 92, in a recast form as, “They who seek the throne of grace." This form is in extensive use in America, and is also in a few collections in Great Britain.
2. With conscious guilt, and bleeding heart. [Lent.] This, although one of the best of Holden's hymns, has passed out of use. It appeared, with two others, each bearing bis signature, in the Boston Collection (Baptist), 1808.
3. Within these doors assembled now. [Divine Worship.] [Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.]
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology
|Tunes by Oliver Holden, 1765-1844 (2)||As||Instances|
|CORONATION (Holden)||Oliver Holden (Composer)||98|
|HOPKINTON||Oliver Holden (Composer)||2|