Bridgwater (William Billings)

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  • (Posted 2014-12-28)   CPDL #33900:     
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2014-12-28).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 32 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition.
  • (Posted 2014-12-28)   CPDL #33901:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2014-12-28).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 64 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape).

General Information

Title: Bridgwater
First Line: Majestic God, when I descry
Composer: William Billings
Lyricist: William Billings

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1770 in The New-England Psalm-Singer, p. 40

Description: Words by William Billings.

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Original text and translations

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Majestic God, when I descry
The planetary world on high,
Where-e'er I turn my wandering eyes,
I'm lost in rapture and surprise.

Creator of these orbs of light,
Kindly protect me in the night;
Then in the morn when I arise,
Accept my grateful sacrifice.