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Milgrove was Precentor of the Countess of Huntingdon's Chapel in Bath (see illustration). This setting comes from his first (of three) collections of "hymns as they are sung at the Right Honourable the Countess of Huntingdon's chappel in Bath". The general congregation (sometimes divided into men and women) should sing the Air, accompanying harmonies to be taken by the choir.

Lyrics: Anon

What voice is this I hear,
A kind salute of grace
Which whispers in my ear
The grateful words of peace?
Hail, blessed Lord, 'tis thy sweet voice
Which bids me in thy blood rejoice.

Thou art my chief delight,
A lovely friend indeed;
Most precious in my sight,
My help in every need.
Hereby I'm strengthened in the way,
And thank Thee for this gospel day.

Unworthy as I am,
And base in my own eyes;
On my account the Lamb
Ascends the upper skies;
Assumes at God's right hand a seat
And lets me sit beneath his feet.

My great high-priest is gone
Into the holy place;
The curtain is withdrawn,
Which veiled his lovely face.
The passage is now clear and free;
The veil is rent for wretched me.

Benjamin Milgrove
(1731 - 1810)

Milgrove : What voice is this I hear : illustration


What voice is this I hear

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