Union (1786) (William Billings)
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-02-23). Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 153 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Oval-note edition.
Description: Published in The Suffolk Harmony, 1786, pp. 3-9. Words adapted by Billings from Psalm 133; the last part from Thomas Ken, 1674. Very different than Union published in 1770.
Original text and translations
Behold, how good and joyful a thing it is
For brethren to dwell together in unity and peace.
It is like the precious ointment upon the head,
That ran down unto the beard of Aaron,
And went down to the skirts of his clothing.
Like as the dew of Hermon, which fell upon the hill of Zion.
For there the Lord promised His blessing, and life forever more. Amen.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise Him all creatures here below.
Praise Him above, ye angelic host,
Praise the Father, praise the Son, praise the Holy Ghost.