Moravia (William Billings)

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  • (Posted 2015-03-02)   CPDL #34695:     
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-03-02).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 64 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. Published in 1786 with the first stanza of Relly's hymn; another stanza added below.
  • (Posted 2015-03-02)   CPDL #34696:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-03-02).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 65 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Published in 1786 with the first stanza of Relly's hymn; another stanza added below.

General Information

Title: Moravia
First Line: O love! What a secret to mortals thou art
Composer: William Billings
Lyricist: James Relly

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 11 11. 10 11. 11 11

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1786 in The Suffolk Harmony

Description: Published in The Suffolk Harmony, 1786, pp. 50-51. Words by James Relly, 1776, his Hymn 16.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

O love! What a secret to mortals thou art
'Tis God's deep eternity, nature and heart:
The witnessing dove confirms this high plan,
And likewise His word and His dealings with man;
The sorrows of Jesus, his torment and pain,
Has left no foundation for doubting again.

O love! How mysterious and boundless art thou!
Thy date and thy measure unlimited flow:
This Jesus reveals with evidence strong;
It gladdens my heart, also inspires my song
With praise to my Savior, my Lord and my God,
Whose love is my Glory, as viewed in his blood.