Petersburgh (William Billings)

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  • (Posted 2016-08-29)   CPDL #40952:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-08-29).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 2 pages, 75 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Another pair of stanzas included from Watts' hymn.
  • CPDL #32821:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2014-08-30).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 47 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. Another pair of stanzas included from Watts' hymn. Re-formatted 2016-08-28. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Petersburgh
First Line: Thus saith the high and lofty one
Composer: William Billings
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1786 in The Suffolk Harmony

Description: Transcribed from Suffolk Harmony, 1786. Words by Isaac Watts, his Hymn 87 of Book 1, based on Isaiah 47:15-16, with five stanzas. Billings used the first two stanzas of Watts' hymn in his composition.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Thus saith the high and lofty one.