Washington (Anonymous)

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  • (Posted 2015-11-24)   CPDL #37648:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-11-24).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 89 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. Two more pairs of stanzas from Doddridge's hymn added below. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-11-24)   CPDL #37647:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-11-24).   Score information: Unknown, 2 pages, 80 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Two more pairs of stanzas from Doddridge's hymn included.

General Information

Title: Washington
First Line: Ye sons of men, with joy record
Composer: Anonymous
Lyricist: Philip Doddridge

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1784 in The Massachusetts Harmony (1784), pp. 88-89

Description: Composer has been identified as American, but remains anonymous. Words by Philip Doddridge, 1766, hymn entitled God adored for his goodness, with six stanzas. The first two stanzas of Doddridge's hymn were used in the composition.

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Original text and translations

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1. Ye sons of men, with joy record
The various wonders of the Lord:
And let his power and goodness sound
Through all your tribes the earth around.

2. Let the high heavens your songs invite,
Those spacious fields of brilliant light:
Where sun and moon and planets roll,
And stars that glow from pole to pole.

 

3. Sing earth in verdant robes arrayed,
Its herbs and flowers, its fruit and shade:
Peopled with life of various forms,
Fishes and fowl, and beasts and worms.

4. View the broad sea's majestic plains,
And think how wide its maker reigns:
That band remotest nations joins,
And on each wave his goodness shines.

 

5. But O! That brighter world above,
Where lives and reigns incarnate love!
God's only Son in flesh arrayed,
For man a bleeding victim made.

6. Thither, my soul, with rapture soar;
There in the land of praise adore;
This theme demands an angel's lay,
Demands an undeclining day.