St. Thomas (William Billings)

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  • (Posted 2015-04-26)   CPDL #35201:     
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-04-26).   Score information: Unknown, 2 pages, 116 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Transcribed from The Continental Harmony, 1794, pp. 127-129. Re-formatted 2016-08-02. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #17581:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: Joachim Kelecom (submitted 2008-07-15).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 53 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
Error.gif Possible error(s) identified. Error summary: Both source file and pdf contain an error in lyrics (m. 38): Inbelief should be Unbelief.

General Information

Title: St. Thomas
First Line: Methinks I see my Savior dear
Composer: William Billings
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.) (Billings), Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.) × 3 (Watts)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1779 in Music in Miniature, no. 65
  2nd published: 1794 in The Continental Harmony

Description: The first 15 measures first published as Calvary in 1779, without words. Considerably revised in 1794, adding 34 measures, retitled as St. Thomas. Words of the first 15 measures by an unknown author (first published in 1787); remainder of words by Isaac Watts, 1709, his Hymn 95 of Book 2. Billings used the anonymous (C. M.) stanza, adding three of Watts' (C. M.) stanzas; the result is four stanzas.

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Original text and translations

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Methinks I see my Savior dear
On the accursed tree;
Methinks I see his bleeding wounds,
Which he received for me. (Anonymous, before 1787)

Original text and translations may be found at Infinite grief! Amazing woe.