Funeral Anthem (William Billings)

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  • (Posted 2016-09-12)   CPDL #41104:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-09-12).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 70 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition, as written in 1778. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2016-09-12)   CPDL #41103:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-09-12).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 2 pages, 72 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape).

General Information

Title: Funeral Anthem
First Line: I heard a great voice
Composer: William Billings

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredAnthemBurial service

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1778 in The Singing Master's Assistant

Description: First published in The Singing-Master's Assistant, 1778, pp. 52-53. Words based on Revelation Chapter 14.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at I heard a voice from heaven.

English.png English text

Billings' text
I heard a great voice from heaven,
Saying unto me, Write from henceforth,
Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord,
For they rest from their labors and their works,
Which do follow them.

 

Book of Common Prayer
I heard a voice from heaven
Saying unto me, Write, From henceforth,
Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord:
Even so, saith the Spirit:
For they rest from their labors
And their works do follow them.

 

King James Version, Rev. 14:13
And I heard a voice from heaven,
Saying unto me, Write,
Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth:
Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors;
And their works do follow them.