The Suffolk Harmony (William Billings)

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Publication

William Billings' book The Suffolk Harmony, consisting of Psalm Tunes, Fuges and Anthems was published in Boston in 1786. The title page descibes Billings as 'AUTHOR of the SINGING MASTERS ASSISTANT': the imprint states that the book was 'Engraved and Printed by J. NORMAN, for the Author, and Sold at his House near the Liberty-Pole'. The book was advertised as 'just published' in the Boston Independent Chronicle of 8 June 1786.

Publication date and place: 1786 Boston: John Norman

Description of contents

The book contains 29 metrical psalm or hymn tunes, and three pieces which are described as anthems: of these three, one (Lift up your eyes, ye sons of light) is a set-piece (i.e. a through-composed setting of a metrical text).

List of works

LIST A.
Pages Description Text
011-2 Shiloh (for Christmas). Words by Billings. Methinks I see a heavenly host
023-9 Union. An Anthem Ps. 133. Behold how good and joyful a thing it is
0310 Brattle Square. Words by Dr. Watts. Come let us join our cheerful songs
0410-12 Beneficence. Suitable for a Charity meeting. Words T.B. That man is blest who stands in awe
0512-14 Kittery. Words from Dr. Watts. Our Father who in heaven art
0614-16 Camden. Words from Dr. Watts. My soul, thy great Creator praise
0717-19 Northborough. Words anon. Behold the splendor, hear the shout
0819-21 Brattle Street. Words from Dr. Watts. Sweet is the work, my God, my King
0921-23 Wheelers Point. Words from T & B. When Sion’s God her sons recalled
1023-24 Richmond. Words by Relly. My beloved, haste away
1124-25 Madrid. Words by Relly. How charmingly sounds the word of the Lord
1225-26 Hartford. Words from Relly. Glorious Jesus, thy dear name to praise
1327-28 Mendom. Words from Relly. My Redeemer, let me be
1428-30 Petersburgh. Words from Watts. Thus saith the high, the lofty one
1530-33 An Anthem. Word from Dr. Watts. Lift up your eyes, ye sons of light
1633-34 Jordan. Words from Dr. Watts. There is a land of pure delight
1735 Restoration. Words from Relly. Greatly beloved, of God approved
1836-37 Phylanthropy. Words from Relly. Jesus, the Saviour from above
1937-39 Baptism. Words by Relly. O how doth God our souls surprise
2039-40 Moriah. Words from Relly. All over lovely is my Lord and God
2140-41 Election. Words from Relly. Thou art my blest portion, thou dear Nazarene
2241-42 West Boston. Words from Relly. Come, ye lovers of the Lamb
2342-43 Jerusalem. Words from Relly. All is hush, the battle’s o’er
2444 Conquest. Words from Relly. Sing the triumphs of your conquering
2545-46 Sinai. Words from Relly. All you who make the law your choice
2646-47 Hull. Words from Relly. We celebrate the praise today
2747 Glocester. Words from Relly. Jesus, thy name we praise
2848 Chelsea. Words from Relly. What beauties divine in Jesus do shine
2949-50 Burlington. Words from Relly. Canaan promised is before
3050-51 Moravia. Words from Relly. O love, what a secret to mortals thou art
3152-56 A Funeral Anthem. Words from Sundry Scriptures. Samuel the priest gave up the ghost
3256 Eden. Words from Dr. Watts. Those glorious minds, how bright they shine

Works at CPDL

Title Year Page Genre Subgenre Vo. Voices
Baptism 1786 37-39 Sacred 4 SATB
Beneficence 1786 10-12 Sacred Psalm-tunes 4 SATB
Brattle Square 1786 10 Sacred 4 SATB
Brattle Street (1786) 1786 19-21 Sacred 4 SATB
Camden 1786 14-16 Sacred 4 SATB
Jordan 1786 33-34 Sacred 4 SATB
Kittery 1783 12-14 Sacred 4 SATB
Lift up your eyes, ye sons of light 1786 30-33 Sacred Anthems 4 SATB
Northborough 1786 17-19 Sacred 4 SATB
Samuel the priest gave up the ghost 1786 52-56 Sacred Anthems 4 SATB


LIST B.
No. Pg. HTI* Title First Line Author Key Meter Time Vo. Comment
1 1 4697 Shiloh Methinks I see a heavenly host William Billings G C.M. 2:2 4
2 3 Union Behold how good and joyful C Anthem 3:2 4 Psalm 133
3 10a 4679 Brattle Square Come let us join our cheerful songs Isaac Watts D C.M. 3:2 4
4 10b 4678 Beneficence That man is blest who stands in awe Tate & Brady C L.M. 2:2 4 For a charity meeting
5 12 4403 Kittery Our Father who in heaven art Isaac Watts a C.M. 2:2 4
6 14 4682 Camden My soul, thy great Creator praise Isaac Watts E L.M. 6:4 4
7 17 4693 Northborough Behold the splendor, hear the shout F 886.886. 2:2 4
8 19 4680 Brattle Street Sweet is the work, my God, my King Isaac Watts A L.M. 3:2 4
9 21 4700a Wheelers Point When Zion's God her sons recalled Tate & Brady a C.M. 3:2 4
10 23 4020 Richmond My Beloved, haste away James Relly a 78.78.78. 6:4 4
11 24 4112 Madrid How charmingly sounds the word of the Lord James Relly C 10 10.11 11. 2:2 4
12 25 4215a Hartford Glorious Jesus, glorious Jesus James Relly G 85.85.77.85. 2:4 4
13 27 4216a Mendom My Redeemer let me be James Relly a 76.76.78.76. 2:2 4
14 28 4694 Petersburgh Thus saith the high, the lofty One Isaac Watts D L.M. 2:4 4
15 30 4676 Anthem Lift up your eyes Isaac Watts F L.M. 3:4 4
16 33 4690a Jordan There is a land of pure delight Isaac Watts A C.M. 2:2 4
17 35 4696 Restoration Greatly beloved of God approved James Relly D Irregular 2:4 4
18 36 4695 Philanthropy Jesus, the Savior from above James Relly F 888.10 10. 2:4 4
19 37 4677 Baptism O how doth God our souls surprise James Relly d 887.887.887. 6:4 4
20 39 4692 Moriah All over lovely is my Lord and God James Relly D 10 10.10 10. 2:4 4
21 40 4686 Election Thou art my blest portion thou dear Nazarene James Relly g 10 10. 10 10. 6:4 4
22 41 4699 West Boston Come ye lovers of the Lamb James Relly d 77.77.D. 2:4 4
23 42 4689 Jerusalem All in hush, the battle's o'er James Relly E 77.57.77 2:4 4
24 44 4684 Conquest Sing the triumphsof your conquering Head James Relly C Irregular 2:2 4
25 45 4698 Sinai All you who make the law your choice James Relly d 88.88.88. 3:2 4
26 46 4688 Hull We celebrate the praise today James Relly G 886.886. 2:2 4
27 47 4687 Gloucester Jesus, thy name we praise James Relly C Irregular 2:2 4
28 48 4683 Chelsea What beauties divine in Jesus do shine James Relly G 10 11.10 11. 6:4 4
29 49 4681 Burlington Canaan promised is before James Relly B 76.76.78.76. 2:4 4
30 50 4691 Moravia O love, what secret to mortals thou art James Relly C 11 11.10 11.11 11. 6:4 4
31 52 A Funeral Anthem Samuel the priest gave up the ghost a Anthem 2:2 4
32 56 4685 Eden Those glorious minds, how bright they shine Isaac Watts F C.M. 6:4 4

External links

  • Hymn Tune Index details for source BillWSH