Philanthropy (William Billings)

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  • (Posted 2015-02-25)   CPDL #34666:     
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-02-25).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 66 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. Published in 1786 with the first stanza of Relly's hymn; the other four stanzas have been added below.
  • (Posted 2015-02-25)   CPDL #34667:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-02-25).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 66 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Published in 1786 with the first stanza of Relly's hymn; the other four stanzas have been added below.

General Information

Title: Philanthropy
First Line: Jesus, the Savior from above
Composer: William Billings
Lyricist: James Relly

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 88. 88. 10 10

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1786 in The Suffolk Harmony

Description: Published in The Suffolk Harmony, 1786, p. 36. Words by James Relly, 1776, his Hymn 11, based on Ephesians 4:10.

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Original text and translations

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Jesus, the Savior from above,
The Father's deep, descending Love
Reached us, the lower parts of earth,
And raised us to a heavenly birth :
He who ascends to glory is the same,
As humbled to the earth, from heaven came.

Above the highest heavens far,
Earth's lower parts now risen are ;
When God, who put our nature on,
Ascended, the triumphant Man,
Where thrones, dominions, powers, and angels fall
Before His Face, as filling all in all.

Pre-eminence to Jesus given,
To fill all things in earth and heaven
The dispensation now is come,
When God has gathered all things home;
All things in love are gathered into one,
Where heaven and earth make one beloved Son.

Now Jesus fills all things, we know;
All things above, and all below;
That He fills all things, we are sure,
Hence all things now to us are pure:
In faith's idea no vacuum we find,
For he fills all, as God's eternal Mind.

Nothing but Jesus now we view;
Old things are lost, and all things new:
He fills our heart, our eye, our ear,
And nought but Jesus doth appear.
O holy Mystery! Here ends our want,
Our griefs, our sorrows, troubles, and complaint.