Grateful notes and numbers bring. [Thanksgiving.] This hymn appeared in the Christians Magazine, Feb., 1766, as "A New Ode as sung by the Women at the Magdalen Chapel," in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, without signature, and with many repetitions and choruses as the parts were divided between the "First and Second Galleries." The following, omitting repetitions, is the text:—
”Grateful notes and numbers bring,
While Jehovah's praise we sing:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord!
Be Thy glorious name adored.
"Men on earth, and saints above,
Sing the great Redeemer's love:
Lord, Thy mercies never fail:
Hail, celestial goodness, hail!
“Though unworthy, Lord, Thine ear,
Our humble hallelujahs hear;
Purer praise we hope to bring
When with saints we stand and sing.
"Lead us to that blissful state,
Where Thou reignest supremely great;
Look with pity from Thy throne,
And send Thy Holy Spirit down.
"While on earth ordained to stay,
Guide our footsteps in Thy way;
'Till we come to reign with Thee,
And all Thy glorious greatness see.
“Then with angels we'll again
Wake a louder, louder strain;
There, in joyful songs of praise,
We'll our grateful voices raise.
"There no tongue shall silent be:
There all shall join sweet harmony;
That through heaven's all spacious round,
Thy praise, O God, may ever sound!"
There is no signature to the hymn, but there is every reason to conclude that it was by the Rev. William Dodd, the editor of the Magazine. In the 3rd edition of Dodd's Account.. .. of the Magdalen Charity, 1766 (dedication of this edition dated Feb., 1766, 1st edition, 1761), the hymn is reprinted as "An Ode for the Magdalen Chapel"; and follows an " Anthem, for the use of Magdalen Chapel," beginning, "Let the solemn organ blow," which, when printed in the Christians Magazine, March, 1765, was given as " By the Rev. W. Dodd, Chaplain to the King. Set to Music by Mr. Bach, Composer to Her Majesty.” The hymn is in Dodd's favourite metre; and his version of the 100th Psalm, and his hymn, "Glory be to God on high," bear strong internal evidence to identity of authorship. In modern hymn-books it is found as follows:—
1. Grateful notes and numbers bring. In the Psalms & Hymns for the Use of the Magdalen Chapel, 1804, it was given with slight alterations in the irregular lines to harmonize the metre. In Bickersteth's Christian Psalmody, 1833, No. 209, it was repeated with the omission of stanzas ii. and vii., and through this channel came into modern use.
2. Grateful hearts and voices bring. This form of the text was given in Hall's Mitre Hymn Book, 1836, No. 24, in 4 stanzas. This, with the addition of a doxology, was repeated in the Cooke & Denton Hymnal, 1853, No. 126, and other collections.
3. Holy, holy, holy Lord! Be Thy glorious Name adored. In 1778, Benjamin Williams gave 6 stanzas from the original in his Salisbury Collection, beginning with lines 3-4, of stanza i., "Holy, holy, holy Lord. From this four stanzas were taken by A. Kippis and his co-editors, and included in their Collection, 1795, No. 184, as from the " Salisbury Collection." This form was repeated in later collections, and is very popular with Unitarians in Great Britain, and America.
4. Heavenly Father, Sovereign Lord, Be Thy glorious Name adored. This is an alteration of stanzas i., ii., iii., v., vi. (stanza i. being from stanza i., ii.), in 4 stanzas. This was given in the Methodist Episcopal Hymns, N. Y.. 1849, No. 41, and repeated in the Hymnal of the same body, 1878, No. 20. The hymn, "Heavenly Father, Sovereign Lord, ever faithful to Thy word" (q.v.), No. 333 in their revised Collection, 1831, is by C. Wesley.
The use of this hymn in these various forma is extensive in Great Britain and America.
[William T. Brooke]
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (43)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|A Choice Collection of Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, designed for the devotions of Israel, in prayer, conference, and camp-meetings...(2nd ed.) #81||Grateful notes and numbers bring||1831|
|A Collection of Hymns: Supplementary to the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #238||Grateful notes and numbers bring||1859|
|A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship (Rev. ed. with supplement) #D10||Grateful notes and numbers bring||1845|
|A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs: with the music of Mason's Sacred Harp and Missouri Harmony adapted #414||Grateful notes and numbers bring||1839|
|A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, Anthems, &c. to Which is Added the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin #d11||Grateful notes and numbers bring||William Dodd||1844|
|A Selection of Hymns #d84||Grateful notes and numbers bring||William Dodd||1833|
|A Selection of Hymns and Psalms for Social and Private Worship (6th ed.) #16||Grateful notes and numbers bring||1827|
|A Selection of Psalms and Hymns for ... Diocese of Nova Scotia. 3rd ed. #d109||Grateful notes and numbers bring||William Dodd||1859|
|A Selection of Psalms and Hymns for the Use of the Diocese of Nova Scotia. 3rd ed. #d108||Grateful notes and numbers bring||William Dodd||1859|
|Anthems, Hymns ... Usually Sung at the Catholic Church in Boston #d8||Grateful notes and numbers bring||William Dodd||1800|
|Christian Hymns: adapted to the worship of God our Saviour in public and private devotion, compiled from the most approved ancient and modern authors, for the Central Universalist Society... #230||Grateful notes and numbers bring||1823|
|Christian Psalmody, in Four Parts; containing Dr. Watt's Psalms Abridged; Dr. Watt's Hymns Abridged; Select Hymns from Other Authors; and Select Harmony: together with directions... (2nd. ed.) #SH104||Grateful notes and numbers bring||1817|
|Die neue Harmonie, oder eine Neue Sammlung von Kirken-Musik: (The New Harmony, or a New Collection of Church Music) #d28||Grateful notes and numbers bring||William Dodd||1827|
|Hymns for Public Worship #212||Grateful notes and numbers bring||1845|
|Hymns for the Christian Church, for the Use of the First Church of Christ in Boston #D5||Grateful notes and numbers bring||1869|
|Hymns, for the Use of the Catholic Church in the United States of America (New ed.) #6a||Grateful notes and numbers bring||William Dodd||1807|
|Hymns for the Use of the Society of United Christian Friends Professing the Faith of Universal Salvation #d132||Grateful notes and numbers bring||William Dodd||1817|
|Hymns for the Use of the Society of United Christian Friends: with their constitution annexed #XXX||Grateful notes and numbers bring||Men on earth, and saints above||William Dodd||1797|
|Hymns of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States, as authorized by the General Convention: with an additional selection #435||Grateful notes and numbers bring||1845|
|Hymns of Zion #d72||Grateful notes and numbers bring||William Dodd||1829|
|Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of the Unitarian Church in Washington #d46||Grateful notes and numbers bring||William Dodd||1821|
|Manual of Catholic Melodies: or, a Compilation of Hymns, Anthems, Psalms ... #d47||Grateful notes and numbers bring||William Dodd||1843|
|Musica Sacra; or Springfield and Utica Collections United #d40||Grateful notes and numbers bring||William Dodd||1818|
|Musica Sacra: or, Springfield and Utica Collections United: consisting of Psalm and hymn tunes, anthems, and chants (2nd revised ed.) #120||Grateful notes and numbers bring||1819|
|Popular Hymns for Youth #d44||Grateful notes and numbers bring||Men on earth, and saints above||William Dodd||1870|
|Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #d168||Grateful notes and numbers bring||Men on earth, and saints above||William Dodd||1822|
|Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: selected and designed for the use of the church universal, in public and private devotion; with an appendix, containing the original hymns omitted in the last ed. #230||Grateful notes and numbers bring||Men on earth, and saints above||William Dodd||1808|
|Psalms in Metre and Hymns Selected for the Use of the Parish Church of Boston #d27||Grateful notes and numbers bring||Men on earth, and saints above||William Dodd||1793|
|Rohr's Collection of Favorite Catholic Melodies for Church, School, Home ... #d19||Grateful notes and numbers bring||William Dodd||1854|
|Rohr's Favorite Catholic Melodies #d21||Grateful notes and numbers bring||William Dodd||1854|
|Roman Catholic Manual, or Collection of Prayers, Anthems, Hymns, etc. #d8||Grateful notes and numbers bring||William Dodd||1802|
|Sacred Melodies #d9||Grateful notes and numbers bring||William Dodd||1818|
|Select Hymns: the third part of Christian Psalmody; with directions for musical expression (Stereotype ed.) #104||Grateful notes and numbers bring||William Dodd||1823|
|Sursum Corda: a Manual of English Hymns and Prayers for the Use of CatholicSchools and Choirs #d24||Grateful notes and numbers bring||William Dodd||1888|
|The Baptist Hymn Book: original and selected: in two parts #B126||Grateful notes and numbers bring||Lord, thy mercies never fail||William Dodd||1842|
|The Catholic Harp: containing the morning and evening service of the Catholic Church, embracing a choice collection of masses, litanies, psalms, sacred hymns, anthems, versicles, and motifs #60||Grateful notes and numbers bring||Grateful Notes||Sing the great Redeemer's love||1830|
|The Christian Psalmist: being a collection of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs compiled from the most approved authors, and designed as a standard hymn book for public and social worship #663||Grateful notes and numbers bring||Anonymous||1840|
|The New England Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs: adapted to prayer, conference and camp-meetings #122||Grateful notes and numbers bring||William Dodd||1829|
|The Providence Selection of Hymns, Supplementary to Dr. Watts. #d93||Grateful notes and numbers bring||William Dodd||1820|
|The Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D.: to which are added select hymns, from other authors; and directions for musical expression (New ed.) #D104||Grateful notes and numbers bring||William Dodd||1842|
|The Springfield Collection of Hymns for Sacred Worship #33||Grateful notes and numbers bring||1835|
|The Universalist Hymn Book: a New Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Use of Universalist Societies. 4th ed. #d157||Grateful notes and numbers bring||Men on earth, and saints above||William Dodd||1828|
|The Universalist Hymn-Book: a new collection of psalms and hymns, for the use of Universalist Societies (Stereotype ed.) #164||Grateful notes and numbers bring||Men on earth, and saints above||1836|