Hymn #481: As Pants the Hart for Cooling Streams

This anonymous text is a free paraphrase of Psalm 42 in English.  The original work, first published in Tate and Brady's New Version of the Psalms of David (1696), contained thirteen stanzas.  This version uses stanzas 1, 6, 10, and 12.


The New Version of the Psalms of David was published by Najum Tate (1652-1715) and Nicholas Brady (1659-1726), two Irishmen who spent most of their lives in England.  This work replaced the first English psalmbook, published in 1562, which subsequently became known as the "Old Version."

Hugh Wilson (1764-1824) is credited as the composer of this classic Scottish tune, MARTYRDOM.  It was originally titled FENWICK for the village where Wilson was born but has also been called ALL SAINTS, AVON, BOSTAL, DRUMCLOG, and INVERNESS.


Hugh Wilson was a shoemaker by trade but eventually became a calculator and draftsman for a mill.  Wilson was a member of founder of a Sunday school in the Secession Church and sometimes led the psalm singing.