Worcester (William Billings)

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  • CPDL #33004:     
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2014-09-22).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 36 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval-note edition.
  • CPDL #33005:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2014-09-22).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 42 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape)

General Information

Title: Worcester
First Line: How short and hasty are 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: Transcribed from The Singing-Master's Assistant, 1778. Words by Isaac Watts, Book 2, Hymn 32. Billings' first line reads, How short and hasty are our lives.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at How short and hasty is our life.