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Alford Lake. P.M.

An A minor plain tune in 3/2 time. Composed 2015.

Text from Isaac Watts, 1709.

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Description

Alford Lake is near the family homestead of D.H. Mansfield (1810-1855) in Hope, Maine. Mansfield was the compiler of The American Vocalist (1848), which includes many tunes in this eighteenth century English style.

Text

My God, permit me not to be

A stranger to myself and thee,

A stranger to myself and thee.

Amidst a thousand thoughts I rove,

Forgetful of my highest love,
Forgetful of my highest love.

Why should I cleave to things below,

And let my Rock, my Savior, go?
And let my Rock, my Savior, go?

In secret silence of the mind,

My heav’n, and there my God, I find,
My heav’n, and there my God, I find.