Chelsea (William Billings)

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  • (Posted 2015-05-09)   CPDL #35338:     
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-05-09).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 53 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. Two more pairs of stanzas from Relly's hymn added below.
  • (Posted 2015-05-09)   CPDL #35337:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-05-09).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 67 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Two more pairs of stanzas from Relly's hymn added below.

General Information

Title: Chelsea
First Line: What beauties divine
Composer: William Billings
Lyricist: James Relly

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 55. 65

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1786 in The Suffolk Harmony

Description: First published in The Suffolk Harmony, 1786, p. 48.}}

Description: Words by James Relly, 1758, his Hymn 43 of Part 1. Billings used the first two stanzas of Relly's hymn in his composition. Very different from Chelsea (1770).

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Original text and translations

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What beauties divine
In Jesus do shine,
Yet all I see, I, with boldness, call mine.

With Him crucified,
When Jesus he died,
My nature was purged, and to God purified.

To me it is plain
When Jesus was slain,
Eternal redemption He then did obtain.

From bondage and chains,
From sin and Hell-pains,
Redemption of all in one man He obtains.

Baptized into Him,
Who did me redeem,
His person and glories are my constant theme.

For all of the Lamb
I rightfully claim,
To rest in his fullness of stature I aim.

The Father makes known
What he hath bestown
On Christ, and instructs me to call it my own.