The Lark (William Billings)

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  • (Posted 2015-05-06)   CPDL #35312:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-05-06).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 72 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. The other four stanzas of Flatman's hymn have been added below. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-05-06)   CPDL #35311:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-05-06).   Score information: Unknown, 2 pages, 71 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). The other four stanzas of Flatman's hymn have been added below.Re-formatted 2015-09-08.

General Information

Title: The Lark
First Line: Look up and see the unwearied sun
Composer: William Billings
Lyricist: Thomas Flatman

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1790 as a separate piece by Billings, with The Bird (see Kroeger 1986)

Description: Words by Thomas Flatman, 1674. Billings has used the second stanza of Flatman's hymn; the first stanza begins Awake, my soul! Awake, mine eyes.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Awake my soul, awake mine eyes.