By Fynn Titford-Mock
Octagon Chapel. C.M.
A G major plain tune in 3/4 time. Composed 2012.
Text from Isaac Watts, 1719.
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Taking the Abbeville tune family as a model. Named for the beautiful Octagon Chapel in Norwich, built in 1756, used by the Norwich Sacred Harp singers for their weekly singing.
How did my heart rejoice to hear
My friends devoutly say,
"In Zion let us all appear,
And keep the solemn day!"
I love her gates, I love the road;
The church, adorn'd with grace,
Stands like a palace built for God
To show his milder face.
Peace be within this sacred place,
And joy a constant guest!
With holy gifts and heav'nly grace
Be her attendants blest!
My soul shall pray for Zion still,
While life or breath remains;
There my best friends, my kindred dwell,
There God my Saviour reigns.