Jordan (William Billings)

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  • (Posted 2015-04-12)   CPDL #35067:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-04-12).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 62 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Two more pairs of stanzas from Watts' hymn added below (2-4 and 5-6).
  • CPDL #00038:        (Finale 1998)
Editor: Rafael Ornes (submitted 1999-07-29).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 49 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Jordan
First Line: There is a land of pure delight
Composer: William Billings
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.) (Watts), Meter: 86. 86. D (C.M.D.) (Billings)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1786

Description: First published on pp. 33-34 of William Billings' The Suffolk Harmony, Boston: 1786. Hymn Tune Index tune number 4690a. Words by Isaac Watts, 1709, his Hymn 66 of Book 2 (6 stanzas); Billings used stanzas one and three of Watts' hymn in his composition.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at There is a land of pure delight.