Lewis-Town (William Billings)

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  • (Posted 2015-12-08)   CPDL #37791:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-12-08).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 107 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. One small edit, otherwise as written in 1794. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-12-08)   CPDL #37790:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-12-08).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 2 pages, 114 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape).

General Information

Title: Lewis-Town
First Line: How vast must their advantage be
Composer: William Billings
Lyricists: Nahum Tate, Nicholas Brady and Isaac Watts

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1794 in The Continental Harmony
, pp. 198-199.}}

Description: Words from two paraphrases of Psalm 133: Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady, 1698; and Isaac Watts, 1719 (first version). Billings' first stanza is Tate and Brady's stanza 1; Billings' second stanza is Watts' fourth stanza, slightly modified; Billings' third stanza is Watts' third stanza.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 133.