Hebron (William Billings)

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  • CPDL #32689:     
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2014-08-13).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 28 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval-note edition.
  • CPDL #31828:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2014-05-03).   Score information: Letter (landscape), 1 page, 23 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Music as in 1778, note shapes added (4-shape). Stanzas 2-3 added from Isaac Watts 1719 Hymn 93.

General Information

Title: Hebron
First Line: My God, my life, my love
Composer: William Billings
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 66. 86 (S.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1778

Description: Words by Isaac Watts, 1719, his Hymn 93. Billings set the same words to different music, Wareham, in 1781.

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Original text and translations

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My God, my life, my love!
To Thee, to Thee I call;
I cannot live if thou remove,
For Thou art all in all.

Nor earth, nor all the sky,
Can one delight afford,
No, not a drop of real joy,
Without Thy presence, Lord.

Thou art the sea of love
Where all my pleasures roll,
The circle where my passions move,
And center of my soul.