Wake every breath (William Billings)

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  • (Posted 2015-06-14)   CPDL #35729:     
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-06-14).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 55 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). As written in 1770, with the second part in the bass clef. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #03036:        (Finale 2000)
Editor: Noel Stoutenburg (submitted 2001-10-09).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 24 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Round for 2-6 voices. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Wake Every Breath
Composer: William Billings
Lyricist: Mather Byles

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: 4 equal voices
Genre: SacredCanon

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1770

Description: First published in The New-England Psalm-Singer, 1770, p. 1, in circular form, engraved by Paul Revere. NEPSp1c.jpg

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Original text and translations

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Wake every breath and every string
To bless the great Redeemer King,
His name through every clime adored;
Let joy, and gratitude and love
Through all the notes of music rove,
And Jesus sound on every chord.