Consolation (William Billings)

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  • (Posted 2015-03-04)   CPDL #34719:     
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-03-04).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 71 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. Pub|1 in 1778 with the first stanza of this hymn; added three more below.
  • (Posted 2015-03-04)   CPDL #34720:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-03-04).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 75 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape).

General Information

Title: Consolation
First Line: He's come, let every knee be bent
Composer: William Billings
Lyricist: Henry Playfordcreate page

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1778 in The Singing Master's Assistant

Description: Pub|1 in The Singing-Master's Assistant, 1778, p. 19. Words by Henry Playford, 1707, revised by Arthur Bedford, 1733. See He's come, let every knee be bent (Joseph Stephenson) for a similar version of the words (in long meter).

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Original text and translations

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He's come! let every knee be bent,
All hearts new joy resume;
Sing, ye redeem'd, with on consent,
"The Comforter is come."

What greater gift, what greater love,
Could God on man bestow?
Angels for this rejoice above,
Let man rejoice below!

Hail, blessed Spirit! may each soul
Thy sacred influence feel;
Do Thou each sinful thought control,
And fix our wavering zeal!

Thou to the conscience dost convey,
Those checks which we should know;
Thy motions point to us the way;
Thou giv'st us strength to go.