Ephrathah (Samuel Babcock)

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  • (Posted 2016-07-05)   CPDL #40238:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-07-05).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 64 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Four-part version; Counter part written by B. C. Johnston, 2016. Oval note edition. Two more pairs of stanzas included from Tate's hymn. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2016-07-05)   CPDL #40237:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-07-05).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 69 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Four-part version; Counter part written by B. C. Johnston, 2016. Note shapes added (4-shape). Two more pairs of stanzas included from Tate's hymn.
  • (Posted 2016-07-05)   CPDL #40236:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-07-05).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 62 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Three-part version. Oval note edition, as written in 1803. Two more pairs of stanzas included from Tate's hymn. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2016-07-05)   CPDL #40235:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-07-05).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 62 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Three-part version. Note shapes added (4-shape). Two more pairs of stanzas included from Tate's hymn.

General Information

Title: Ephrathah
First Line: While shepherds watched their flocks by night
Composer: Samuel Babcock
Lyricist: Nahum Tate

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Genre: SacredSet piece   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1803 in Babcock's The Middlesex Harmony, Second Edition, p. 94, for three voices: Treble-Tenor-Bass

Description: Words by Nahum Tate, 1700, with six stanzas. Babcock used the first two stanzas of Tate's hymn in his composition.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at While shepherds watched their flocks by night.