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: SacredPsalm-tune   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: a cappella

Published: 1785 in Brownson' Select Harmony and a book by Daniel Bayley; revised in New England Harmony, p. 61.

Description: Words by Isaac Watts, 1719, his paraphrase of Psalm 65, Part 2, in five stanzas. Hymn Tune Index tune number 4523.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 65.