Cumberland (William Billings)

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  • (Posted 2014-12-24)   CPDL #33847:  Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2014-12-24).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 33 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition.
  • (Posted 2014-12-24)   CPDL #33848:  Icon_pdf.gif
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2014-12-24).   Score information: Unknown, 1 page, 53 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape).

General Information

Title: Cumberland
First Line: Behold the glories of the Lamb
Composer: William Billings
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1770

Description: Published in The New-England Psalm-Singer, 1770, p. 16, without text. Text chosen by Kroeger (1981): Isaac Watts 1709, Hymn 1 of Book 1.

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Original text and translations

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Behold the glories of the Lamb
Amidst his Father's throne;
Prepare new honors for his name,
And songs before unknown.

Let elders worship at his feet,
The church adore around,
With vials full of odors sweet,
And harps of sweeter sound.

Those are the prayers of the saints,
And these the hymns they raise,
Jesus is kind to our Complaints,
He loves to hear our praise.

Eternal Father, who shall look
Into thy secret will?
Who but the Son shall take that book,
And open every seal?

He shall fulfill thy great decrees,
The Son deserves it well:
Lo! in his hand the sovereign keys
Of heav'n, and death, and hell!]

Now to the Lamb that once was slain
Be endless blessings paid;
Salvation, glory, joy, remain
For ever on thy head.

Thou hast redeemed our souls with blood,
Hast set the pris'ners free;
Hast made us kings and priests to God,
And we shall reign with thee.

The worlds of nature and of grace
Are put beneath thy power;
Then shorten these delaying days,
And bring the promised hour.