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Milgrove was Precentor of the Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel in Bath (see illustration). This setting comes from "Twelve hymns and a favourite lyric poem written by Doctor Watts; set to music for four, and five voices, with organ accompaniments.... " Printed for the author, and sold at his house in Bond Street, Bath, 1781. The general congregation (sometimes divided into men and women) should sing the Air, accompanying harmonies to be taken by the choir.

Lyrics: John Langford (attrib.)

Now begin the heav'nly theme,
Sing aloud in Jesus' Name;
Ye, who Jesus' kindness prove,
Triumph in redeeming love.

Ye, who see the Father's grace
Beaming in the Saviour's face,
As to Canaan on ye move,
Praise and bless redeeming love.

Mourning souls, dry up your tears,
Banish all your guilty fears,
See your guilt and curse remove,
Cancelled by redeeming love.

Ye, alas! who long have been
Willing slaves to death and sin,
Now from bliss no longer rove,
Stoop and taste redeeming love.

Welcome all by sin opprest,
Welcome to your Saviour's breast;
Nothing brought Him from above,
Nothing but redeeming love.

He subdu'd th'infernal pow'rs,
His tremendous foes and ours,
From their cursed empire drove,
Mighty in redeeming love.

Hither then your music bring,
Strike aloud each joyful string,
Mortals join the hosts above,
Join to praise redeeming love.

Hither then your music bring,
Strike aloud each cheerful string;
Mortals join the host above,
Join to praise redeeming love.

Benjamin Milgrove
(1731 - 1810)

Milgrove : Now begin the heav'nly theme : illustration


Now begin the heav'nly theme

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