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Latham. C.M.

An F♯ minor plain tune in 3/4 time. Composed 2009.

Text from Isaac Watts, 1707.

Listen to recordings:

  • Hadley Composium, 2009

Download files: pdf


I wrote Latham while at home in Troy in May of 2009. I named the tune for Latham, NY, the home, through the Spring of 2009, of the Albany-area monthly singing.

Sung in 2009 at the home of Henry Johnson in Centre, Alabama and at a composium at John and Greta Holbrook's barn in Hadley, Massachusetts.


Not from the dust affliction grows,
Nor troubles rise by chance;
Yet we are born to cares and woes;
A sad inheritance!

As sparks break out from burning coals,
And still are upwards borne
So grief is rooted in our souls,
And man grows lip to mourn.

Yet with my God I leave my cause,
And trust his promised grace;
He rules me by his well-known laws
Of love and righteousness.

Not all the pains that e'er I bore
Shall spoil my future peace,
For death and hell can do no more
Than what my Father please.