Madrid (William Billings)

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  • CPDL #31867:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2014-05-07).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 32 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. Music as in 1804 publication. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #31870:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2014-05-07).   Score information: Letter (landscape), 1 page, 33 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Music as in 1804 publication. Note shapes added (4-shape).

General Information

Title: Madrid
First Line: How charmingly sounds the word of the Lord
Composer: William Billings
Lyricist: James Relly

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 10 10. 11 11

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1779 in Music in Miniature, no. 73
  2nd published: 1781 in The Psalm-Singer's Amusement
  3rd published: 1786 in The Suffolk Harmony

Description: First published in Music In Miniature, 1779, p. 32, without words. Words added and music revised in 1781 and 1786. Reprinted about 1804 (see Nathan 1977) with different words and a few changes to the music; it is not certain whether this last was done by Billings. Words by James Relly, 1758, his Hymn 87.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

How charmingly sounds
   the Word of the Lord!
Where witness abounds,
   that man is restored
To God, his possession,
   dear Jesus, in Thee,
From sin and transgression
   forever set free.

 

How glorious the name
   of Jesus, our King!
Thou crucified Lamb,
   Thine honors we sing:
Our hope and salvation
   to world without end;
Our nearest relation,
   and faithfulest friend.