Benson (Ebenezer Child)

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  • (Posted 2016-02-28)   CPDL #38717:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-02-28).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 61 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. A few small edits. Another pair of stanzas included, selected from Watts' hymn. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2016-02-28)   CPDL #38716:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-02-28).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 62 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Another pair of stanzas included, selected from Watts' hymn.

General Information

Title: Benson
First Line: How short and hasty is our life
Composer: Ebenezer Child
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1804 in The Sacred Musician, p. 23

Description: Words by Isaac Watts, 1709, his Hymn 32 of Book 2, in five stanzas. Child used the first two stanzas of Watts' hymn in his composition.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at How short and hasty is our life.