Vanity (Jacob French)

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  • (Posted 2016-03-08)   CPDL #38814:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-03-08).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 63 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition, as written in 1802. All six stanzas included from Watts' paraphrase. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2016-03-08)   CPDL #38813:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-03-08).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 71 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). All six stanzas included from Watts' paraphrase.

General Information

Title: Vanity
First Line: Teach me the measure of my days
Composer: Jacob French
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1802 in Harmony of Harmony, p. 38

Description: Words by Isaac Watts, 1719, paraphrase of Psalm 39, Part 2, in six stanzas. French used the fourth stanza in his composition ("Some walk in honor's gaudy show"), but this by itself makes little sense without the preceding stanzas.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 39.