Be light and glad, in God rejoice (Joseph Key)

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  • CPDL #25905:        (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Edmund Gooch (submitted 2012-04-10).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 55 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: The alto part is printed in the source in the treble clef, an octave above sounding pitch. The first verse only of the text is given in the source: three subsequent verses have been underlaid editorially. The time signature in the source is retorted time. The tenor C on beat 2 of bar 39 is printed as a small quaver grace note in the source (slurred to the following B, which is printed as a minim), and has been editorially written out in full.
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General Information

Title: Be light and glad, in God rejoice
Composer: Joseph Key
Lyricist: John Hopkins

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

Language: English
Instruments: Other

First published: 1785 in Five Anthems, Four Collects, Twenty Psalm Tunes, p. 36

Description: Setting of Psalm 81 in the metrical Old Version. Hymn Tune Index tune number 4564.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 81.