Washington (William Billings)

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  • (Posted 2015-01-21)   CPDL #34379:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-01-21).   Score information: 10 x 7 (landscape), 2 pages, 110 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape).
  • CPDL #03551:        (Finale 2001)
Editor: Rafael Ornes (submitted 2002-04-23).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 121 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Edition based on the third edition of The Singing Master's Assistant (1781). MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Washington
First Line: Lord, when thou didst ascend on high
Composer: William Billings
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1778 in The Singing Master's Assistant
  2nd published: 1781 in The Psalm-Singer's Amusement

Description: This tune was first published in the first edition of William Billings' The Singing Master's Assistant (1778). Hymn Tune Index tune number 4031. Words by Isaac Watts, his paraphrase of Psalm 68.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 68.