Medfield (William Billings)

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  • (Posted 2014-12-30)   CPDL #33967:     
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2014-12-30).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 31 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition.
  • (Posted 2014-12-30)   CPDL #33968:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2014-12-30).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 51 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape).

General Information

Title: Medfield
First Line: When I my various blessings see
Composer: William Billings
Lyricist: Samuel Bylescreate page

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1770 in The New-England Psalm-Singer, revised in The Singing Master's Assistant,  1778

Description: Published in The New-England Psalm-Singer, 1770, p. 94, slightly revised by Billings in 1778. Words by Dr. Samuel Byles, 1764.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

When I my various blessings see,
What a kind God has done for me,
My heart with gratitude should glow,
I love the spring from whence they flow.

For me His only Son He sent,
For me the Savior underwent
The cross, the agonies, the shame;
Forever will I bless His name.

And though I sin and grieve Him still,
His mercy spares my soul from hell:
Those gloomy regions of despair,
For devils to torment me there.

If I'll obey His gentle voice,
His heaven He offers to my choice.
My tongue His mercies shall record,
And all my actions praise the Lord.