Complaint (Asahel Benham)

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  • (Posted 2018-05-21)   CPDL #49752:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2018-05-21).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 64 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. Whole piece moved down from E minor to D minor. Five more stanzas added, selected from Watts' paraphrase. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2018-05-21)   CPDL #49751:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2018-05-21).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 64 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Whole piece moved down from E minor to D minor. Five more stanzas added, selected from Watts' paraphrase. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Complaint
First Line: O were I like a feathered dove
Composer: Asahel Benham
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1790 in Benham's Federal Harmony

Description: Words by Isaac Watts, 1717, paraphrase of Psalm 55, Part 1, with ten stanzas. Benham used the fourth stanza of Watts' paraphrase in his composition.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 55.