Philadelphia (Francis Hopkinson)

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  • (Posted 2017-10-15)   CPDL #46816:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-10-15).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 40 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2017-10-15)   CPDL #46815:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-10-15).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 44 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Transcribed from Dyer's New Selection of Sacred Music, 1820, p. 50 (no. 37). Note shapes added (4-shape). All nine stanzas of Watts' paraphrase included.

General Information

Title: Philadelphia
First Line: Our God, our help in ages past
Composer: Francis Hopkinson
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1806 Tenor and Bass in Aitken's Collection of Divine Music
  2nd published: 1816 Treble in A Collection of Chants
  3rd published: 1817 Counter in Dyer's A New Selection of Sacred Music

Description: It is uncertain what Hopkinson's role was in this; he died in 1791. Words by Isaac Watts, 1717, paraphrase of Psalm 90, Part 1, with nine stanzas.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 90.