Adams (William Billings)

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  • (Posted 2016-08-19)   CPDL #40829:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-08-19).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 72 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. The other six stanzas of Watts' paraphrase included. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2016-08-19)   CPDL #40828:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-08-19).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 72 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). The other six stanzas of Watts' paraphrase included.

General Information

Title: Adams
First Line: To spend one sacred day
Composer: William Billings
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredPsalm-tune   Meter: 66. 66. 88 (actually 66. 66. 44. 44.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1794 in The Continental Harmony, p. 153.

Description: Words by Isaac Watts, 1717, paraphrase of Psalm 84, Part 4, with seven stanzas. Billings used the fifth stanza of Watts' paraphrase in his composition.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 84.