Smithfield (Daniel Read)

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  • (Posted 2014-12-06)   CPDL #33594:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2014-12-06).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 38 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval-note edition. Version of 1804. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2014-12-06)   CPDL #33595:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2014-12-06).   Score information: Unknown, 2 pages, 77 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Version of 1804.

General Information

Title: Smithfield
First Line: This life's a dream, an empty show
Composer: Daniel Read
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1794 in The Columbian Harmonist, No. 2, p. 48; revised by Read in 1804

Description: Words by Isaac Watts, 1719, his paraphrase of Psalm 17. Read used stanzas four and six of Watts' paraphrase in his composition.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 17.