The Fall of Babylon (Jacob French)

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  • (Posted 2018-01-21)   CPDL #48516:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2018-01-21).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 127 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. A few minor edits, otherwise as written in 1789. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: The Fall of Babylon
Composer: Jacob French

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1789 in The New American Melody, pp. 77-84.

Description: Words from the Bible, King James Version, Revelation Chapter 18.

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Original text and translations

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Now after these things, I saw another angel, coming down from heaven.
And the earth was lightened with his glory.
And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying,
Babylon the great is fallen, and is be come the habitation of devils.
Revelation 18:1-2
And I heard another voice from heaven, Saying,
Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sin,
nor receive not of her plagues;
For her sins have reached unto heaven,
and God hath remembered her iniquity.
Revelation 18:4-5
Therefore shall her plagues come in one day: death and mourning and famine,
and she shall be utterly burnt with fire; For strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
Revelation 18:8
And the kings of the earth shall bewail her and lament over her,
when they shall see the smoke of her burning, standing afar off,
for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing and saying,
Alas! That great city, Babylon, that mighty city, for in one hour is thy judgment come.
Revelation 18:9-10
Rejoice over her, ye heavens, And ye holy apostles, for God hath avenged you on her.
And a mighty angel took a stone, like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying,
Thus with violence shall the great city be thrown down and shall be seen no more at all.
Revelation 18:20-21
Hallelujah! Amen. Praise ye the Lord. Amen.