Vermont (William Billings)

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  • (Posted 2016-04-02)   CPDL #39167:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-04-02).   Score information: Unknown, 1 page, 81 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Two more stanzas added from Watts' hymn.
  • CPDL #31806:     
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2014-05-01).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 36 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition.

General Information

Title: Vermont
First Line: In vain we lavish out our lives
Composer: William Billings
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1778 in The Singing Master's Assistant

Description: Words by Isaac Watts, 1719, his Hymn 9 from Book 1 of Hymns and Spiritual Songs. This setting was first published on p55 of William Billings' The Singing Master's Assistant, Boston: 1778. Hymn Tune Index tune number 4029.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at In vain we lavish out our lives.