Lebanon (William Billings)

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  • (Posted 2014-12-31)   CPDL #33984:     
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2014-12-31).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 29 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition.
  • (Posted 2014-12-31)   CPDL #33986:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2014-12-31).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 56 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape).

General Information

Title: Lebanon
First Line: Death, with his warrant in his hand
Composer: William Billings
Lyricist: William Billings

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1770 in The New-England Psalm-Singer
  2nd published: 1778 in The Singing Master's Assistant
  3rd published: 1779 in Music in Miniature, no. 20

Description: Pub|1 in The New-England Psalm-Singer, 1770, p. 95. Revised in The Singing-Master's assistant, 1778, p. 14. Words written by William Billings.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Death, with his warrant in his hand,
Comes rushing on amain
We must obey the summons then
Return to dust again.

Hail, king of terrors, welcome death
Thou’rt pleasing to mine eye;
In spite of thee I shall arise
Above the ethereal sky.