Spiritual Babylon (Solomon Howe)

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  • (Posted 2017-11-07)   CPDL #47236:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-11-07).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 73 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. All four stanzas of Watts' hymn included. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2017-11-07)   CPDL #47235:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2017-11-07).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 73 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). All four stanzas of Watts' hymn included.

General Information

Title: Spiritual Babylon
First Line: Why should this earth delight us so
Composer: Solomon Howe
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1804 in Howe's The Farmer's Evening Entertainment, p. 28

Description: Original words by an unknown author, probably Howe himself, one stanza (below). Words substituted for these editions: Isaac Watts, 1709, Hymn 164 of Book 2, with four stanzas.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Why should this earth delight us so.

English.png English text

Proud Babylon, which thirsts to glut
Its rage with Christian gore,
Shall as a millstone sink to hell,
Nor plague dissenters more.

Solomon Howe, 1804