Freedom (Elisha West)

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  • NewScore.gif  (Posted 2020-01-09)   CPDL #56587:         
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2020-01-09).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 47 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval notes. Four staffs (TrCoTB) rearranged to two staffs (SATB). The whole piece transposed down from F Major to E Major. Another six-line included, rearranged from Watts' paraphrase. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • NewScore.gif  (Posted 2020-01-09)   CPDL #56586:         
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2020-01-09).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 2 pages, 55 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Another six-line included, rearranged from Watts' paraphrase. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Freedom
First Line: The Lord hath eyes to give the blind
Composer: Elisha West
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredSet piece   Meter: 88. 88. 88

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1802 in The Musical Concert, Edition 1

Description: Words by Isaac Watts, 1719, paraphrase of Psalm 146, Part 1. West has rearranged the lines and expanded his stanza from 88.88. to 88.88.88. West's lines 1-2 are Watts' stanza 6, lines 1-2; then West takes line 3 of Watts' stanza 5, line 4 of stanza 6, and line 4 of stanza 5.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 146.

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Isaac Watts, 1719, Ps. 146 Pt. 1, Sts. 5-6

His truth for ever stands secure;
He saves the oppressed, he feeds the poor;
He sends the laboring conscience peace,
And grants the prisoner sweet release.

The Lord hath eyes to give the blind;
The Lord supports the sinking mind;
He helps the stranger in distress,
The widow and the fatherless.

 

Elisha West, 1802

The Lord hath eyes to give the blind;
The Lord supports the sinking mind;
He sends the laboring conscience peace,
He helps the stranger in distress,
The widow and the fatherless,
And grants the prisoner sweet release.