Hymns — “Come all my young companions, come,” “The Slow Traveller” — by Samson Occom; and “Nativity,” by Isaac Watts, 1773

Author Occom, Samson[pers0030.ocp]


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[note (type: abstract): Two hymns by Occom and one by Isaac Watts, copied out by Occom.][note (type: handwriting): Occom's hand is clear and legible.][note (type: paper): Three separate sheets are in good-to-poor condition: the first page (one recto/verso) is large, with moderate staining, creasing and wear. The second page (two recto/verso) is a smaller sheet, with heavy staining, creasing and wear that leads to a loss of text. The last sheet of paper (three recto/verso) is a large sheet folded in half to make four (blank) pages; it is in good condition, with light staining, creasing and wear, and holes that appear to have come from a binding.][note (type: ink): Strong brown to faded brown.][note (type: noteworthy): The third hymn entitled "Nativity" is "The Nativity of Christ" by Isaac Watts, from Horae Lyicae Book 1, 8th edition (London: James Brackstone, 1743), pp 14-15; Occom reverses the order of the last two stanzas, and leaves out stanza 6: "Glory to God that reigns above! Let Peace surround the Earth! Mortals shall know their Maker’s Love, At their Redeemer’s Birth."On three recto, the note “1773” is written in pencil; this note has not been included in the transcription.]
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1) Come all my young Companions Come,
And hear me boldly tell,
The w^[above] o^onders of Redeeming Love,
That [Sav'd | saved]Sav'dsaved my Soul from Hell,

2) It was but a few Days ago,
I Saw my awful [Caſe | case]Caſecase,
Nothing but hell and dark [Diſpare | despair]Diſparedespair,
Lay plain before my face.

3) O then I [Viewd | viewed]Viewdviewed the Damned Crew,
Of all the numerous race,
And I of all that went to hell
[Deſerv^[above] e^ed | deserved]Deſerv^[above] e^eddeserved the [loweſt | lowest]loweſtlowest place

4) [Juſtice | Justice]JuſticeJustice of god so on me lay,
I could no Comfort find
Till I was willing to [forſake | forsake]forſakeforsake,
And leave all my sins behind,

5) The Lord was Strong he [bowd | bowed]bowdbowed my will,
And made ^[above] me^me this to See,
Nothing but [Jeſus | Jesus]JeſusJesus [Cruſified | crucified]Cruſifiedcrucified,
Co^[above] u^uld Save a wretch like me.

6) O then I [Viewd | viewed]Viewdviewed mount [Calvery | Calvary]CalveryCalvary,
With gods eternal Son
Who on the [Cu^[above] r^rſed | cursed]Cu^[above] r^rſedcursed Tree did Die,
For Sins ^[above] that^that I had done

7) O how [Rejoicd | rejoiced]Rejoicdrejoiced I was to think,
A Saviour I had found,
It [turnd | turned]turndturned my Sorrows into Joy,
To hear the [Bleſsed | blessed]Bleſsedblessed Sound,

8) Salvation from ^[above] my^my God on high,
So [pleaſently | pleasantly]pleaſentlypleasantly did Ring,
It [Sot | sought]Sotsought my Soul at Liberty,
To [praiſe | praise]praiſepraise my heavenly King,

9) And while I dwell on Earth below
I,ll [praiſe | praise]praiſepraise my [Jeſus | Jesus]JeſusJesus here
And then go to yonder Wold
And [praiſe | praise]praiſepraise my [Jeſus | Jesus]JeſusJesus there

10) And there [thro' | through]thro'through all Eternity,
In the Sweet [Relms | realms]Relmsrealms above
There I Shall Sing that [bleſed | blessed]bleſedblessed Song
Free grace and Dying Love

1) O happy Souls how [faſt | fast]faſtfast you go,
And leave me here behind,
Don't Stop for me for now See,
The Lord is [juſt | just]juſtjust and kind.

2) Go on, go on my Soul Says go,
And I,ll Come after you,
[Tho' | Though]Tho'Though I'm behind, yet I Can find,
I,ll Sing Hosan^[above] n^na too.

3) Lord give you Strength, that you may run,
And keep your footsteps right,
[Tho' | Though]Tho'Though [faſt | fast]faſtfast you go, and I So Slow,
You are not out of Sight.

4) When you get to the Worlds above,
And all his glory See,
When you get home, your Journey's done,
Then Look you out for me.

5) For I will come [faſt | fast]faſtfast as I Can,
[A long | Along]A longAlong that way I Steer
Lord give me Strength, I Shall at length
Be won^[above] one^one [amonſgſt | amongst]amonſgſtamongst you there.

6) There all together we Shall be,
Together we will Sing,
Together we will [praiſe | praise]praiſepraise our god,
And [everlaſting | everlasting]everlaſtingeverlasting King.

1) Shepherds rejoice lift up your Eyes
And Send your Fears [a way | away]a wayaway
News from the [Reigions | regions]Reigionsregions of the Skies
Salvations Born [to Day | today]to Daytoday

2) [Jeſus | Jesus]JeſusJesus the God whom Angels fear
[Coms | Comes]ComsComes down to dwell with you
[To Day | Today]To DayToday he makes his [enterance | entrance]enteranceentrance here But not as Monarchs do

3) No gold nor purple [Swadling | swaddling]Swadlingswaddling Bands
Nor Royal shining Things
A Manger for his Cradle Stands
And holds the King of Kings

4) Go [Shephards | shepherds]Shephardsshepherds where the Infant lies
And his humble Throne
With Tears of Joy in all your Eyes
Go [Shephards | shepherds]Shephardsshepherds [Kiſs | kiss]Kiſskiss the Son

5) Thus Gabriel Sang and Straight around
The Heavenly Armies throng
They Tune their Harps to lofty Skies
And thus Conclude the Song

6) Glory to god that Reigns above
That pitied us forlorn
W[gap: worn_edge][guess (h-dawnd): e jo]e join to Sing our Makers Love
[gap: worn_edge][guess (h-dawnd): For there's]For there's a Saviour Born

7) Lord! and shall Angels have their Song
And men no Tunes to [raiſe | raise]raiſeraise
O! may we [loſe | lose]loſelose [theſe | these]theſethese [uſeleſs | useless]uſeleſsuseless Tongues
When we forget to [Praiſe | praise]Praiſepraise

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