Rainbow (Timothy Swan)

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  • (Posted 2015-11-23)   CPDL #37642:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-11-23).   Score information: Unknown, 1 page, 80 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). As revised by Swan in 1801; notes changed from 1785 shown in blue, deleted notes in gray.
  • (Posted 2015-11-21)   CPDL #37614:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-11-21).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 81 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition, as written in 1785. The other four stanzas of Watts' paraphrase added below. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-11-21)   CPDL #37613:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-11-21).   Score information: Unknown, 1 page, 77 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Version of 1785. Note shapes added (4-shape). The other four stanzas of Watts' paraphrase added below.
  • CPDL #15395:     
Editor: Tim Henderson (submitted 2007-11-12).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 315 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Version from the Hesperian Harp, 1848.

General Information

Title: Rainbow
First Line: Tis by thy strength the mountains stand
Composer: Timothy Swan
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: a cappella

Published: 1785

Description: This tune was first published in 1785 in collections by Oliver Brownson (who attributed it to Swan) and Daniel Bayley (who did not). It was widely republished, and was revised on p. 61 of Timothy Swan's own collection New England Harmony, Northampton, MA: 1801. Hymn Tune Index tune number 4523. Words by Isaac Watts, 1719, his paraphrase of Psalm 65, Part 2, in five stanzas.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 65.