Dorchester (Samuel Babcock)

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  • (Posted 2016-05-23)   CPDL #39764:         
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-05-23).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 2 pages, 81 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). The other pair of stanzas included from Watts hymn. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #31501:        (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Edmund Gooch (submitted 2014-03-14).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 56 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: The alto part is printed in the alto clef in the source. The original time signature is retorted time, and the piece begins with a full bar's rest in all parts which has been omitted from the present edition. The last crotchet of bar 28 in the alto part, given here as a B, is printed in the source as the A a tone lower. Only the first (8 line) verse of the text is given in the source: a second verse has been added editorially.
MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Dorchester
First Line: My God, permit me not to be
Composer: Samuel Babcock
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredSet piece   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1795 in Babcock's The Middlesex Harmony, no. 22, p. 50-51

Description: Hymn Tune Index tune number 7016. Words by Isaac Watts, 1709, Hymn 122, Book 2, with four stanzas. Babcock 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 My God, permit me not to be.