Invocation (William Billings)

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  • CPDL #32778:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2014-08-25).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 40 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape).
  • CPDL #00681:        (Finale 1998)
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General Information

Title: Invocation
First Line: Majestic God, our muse inspire
Composer: William Billings

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredAnthem   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1794

Description: Published on pages 57-58 of The Continental Harmony (1794). Words apparently by William Billings; unattributed in 1794.

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Original text and translations

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Majestic God our muse inspire,
And fill us with seraphic fire,
Augment our swells, our tones refine,
Performance ours, the glory thine.