When Jesus wept (William Billings)

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  • (Posted 2015-06-14)   CPDL #35730:     
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-06-14).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 43 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
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  • CPDL #00042:        (Finale 1998)
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General Information

Title: When Jesus Wept
Composer: William Billings
Lyricist: Perez Morton

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: 4 equal voices
Genre: SacredCanon

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1770 in The New-England Psalm-Singer, p. 56

Description: All four parts in treble clef.

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Original text and translations

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When Jesus wept, the falling tear
In mercy flowed beyond all bound;
When Jesus groaned, a trembling fear
Seized all the guilty world around.