Lo, he comes with clouds descending (John Fawcett)

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  • CPDL #26500:        (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Edmund Gooch (submitted 2012-06-13).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 52 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: The alto part is printed in the source in the treble clef, an octave above sounding pitch. It has here been given an octave lower (in accordance with modern convention), with the exception of bars 1, 2, 5 and 6, which are notated at the same octave as in the source, as potentially more comfortable for some altos. The first verse only of the text is underlaid in the source: three subsequent verses have been added editorially.
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General Information

Title: Lo, he comes with clouds descending
Composer: John Fawcett
Tune: Judgment
Lyricist: Charles Wesley

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 87. 87. 47

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1811 in A New Set of Sacred Music, p. 7

Description: Hymn Tune Index tune number 16850. This tune has remained in use as a Christmas carol in the Dorset village of Durweston, where it is associated with the text Hark the herald angels sing.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Lo, he comes with clouds descending.