Great is the Lord, and with great praise (Matthew Cooke)

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  • CPDL #24741:        (Sibelius 6)
Editor: Edmund Gooch (submitted 2011-10-18).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 39 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: The first verse only of the text is underlaid in the source, with the other two verses given here printed after the music: these have been underlaid editorially. The change of time signature in bar 4 is editorial: this bar only has two beats (with music as given here) in the source, but does not have a different time signature. This bar is at the end of the first system, and is not followed by a bar line - while this suggests it would be completed at the start of the next system, this is not the case, as bar 5 has the full 4 beats. To avoid changing the rhythm, bar 4 has therefore been marked as 2/4. Original clefs treble, alto, tenor, bass.
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General Information

Title: Great is the Lord, and with great praise
Composer: Matthew Cooke
Lyricist: John Hopkins, on Psalm 48

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1791 in Twelve Psalm Tunes, p. 20-21

Description: A setting by Matthew Cooke of verses from Psalm 48 in the metrical Old Version. Hymn Tune Index tune number 5720.

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Original text and translations

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Great is the Lord, and with great praise
To be advanced still
Within the city of our God,
Upon his holy hill.
Mount Sion is a pleasant place,
It gladd'neth all the land;
The city of the mighty King
On her north-side doth stand.

Within the palaces thereof
God is a refuge known;
For lo, the kings are gathered, and
Together they are gone:
But when they did behold it so,
They wondered, and they were
Astonished much, and suddenly
Were driven back with fear.

O Lord, according to thy name
For ever is thy praise,
And thy right hand, O Lord, is full
Of righteousness always:
For thy judgments let Sion mount
Be filled full with joys;
Also of Judah grant, O Lord,
The daughters to rejoice.