Effingham (William Billings)

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  • CPDL #32459:     
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2014-07-16).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 40 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval-note edition.
  • CPDL #32460:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2014-07-16).   Score information: Letter (landscape), 1 page, 40 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape).

General Information

Title: Effingham
First Line: Behold the lofty sky
Composer: William Billings
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1784 in The Massachusetts Harmony

Description: Published in Massachusetts Harmony in 1784 by John Norman without composer named. Attributed to William Billings by Karl Kroeger, The Hymn 47(3):44-49. 1996. Original publication had no words; these added from Isaac Watts' Psalms of David, his adaptation of Psalm 19.

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Original text and translations

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Behold, the lofty sky
Declares its Maker God,
And all his starry works on high
Proclaim his power abroad.

His statutes and commands
Are set before our eyes;
He puts his gospel in our hands,
Where our salvation lies.

His laws are just and pure,
His truth without deceit,
His promises for ever sure,
And his rewards are great.

While of thy works I sing,
Thy glory to proclaim,
Accept the praise, my God, my King
In my Redeemer's name.