Brookfield (William Billings)

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  • CPDL #33122:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2014-10-12).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 45 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Words as in Billings (1778), by Isaac Watts, his Hymn 1 of Book 3, 1709. Note shapes added (4-shape). Revised 2019-05-01. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #18303:     
Editor: Tim Henderson (submitted 2008-11-16).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 281 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Version taken from "The Easy Instructor" 1810 where the text given is Isaac Watts Psalm 143 "Look down in pity, Lord, and see". Billings text in The Singing Master's Assistant (1778) was "'Twas on that dark, that doleful night," (also by Watts, Hymns Book 3)

General Information

Title: Brookfield
Composer: William Billings
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredPsalm-tune

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1770 in The New-England Psalm-Singer, revised in The Singing Master's Assistant,  1778

Description: First published as music only in 1770, revised by Billings with words in 1778 ("Twas on that dark, that doleful night"), reprinted in the fourth (or fifth) edition of "The Easy Instructor" in 1810 with different words ("Look down in pity, Lord, and see"). ("The Easy Instructor" was reportedly the first book (1801) to use a four-shape note format.)

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Twas on that dark, that doleful night and Psalm 143.