Be light and glad, in God rejoice (William Marsh)

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  • (Posted 2018-04-18)   CPDL #49389:         
Editor: Edmund Gooch (submitted 2018-04-18).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 55 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: The original order of staves is Tenor - [Alto] - Air - [Bass], with the air and bass bracketed together. The alto and tenor parts are given in the source in the treble clef, an octave above sounding pitch. As noted below, the first verse of Watts' 'O the delights, the heavenly joys' is underlaid in the source. Four verses of the present text have been substituted editorially.
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General Information

Title: Be light and glad, in God rejoice
Composer: William Marsh
Tune: Mount Tabor
Lyricist: John Hopkins

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

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1816 in A Set of New Psalm and Hymn Tunes, London, p. 2

Description: While the text underlaid in Marsh's book, and referred to in the heading of the setting as 'Hy: 91 Bk: 2 Dr. Watts', is O the delights, the heavenly joys, the heading of the piece also suggests 'Ps: 81 O.V.' (i.e. the present text) as an alternative. Hymn Tune Index tune number 15506.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 81.