Let every mortal ear attend (William Billings)

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  • (Posted 2015-03-10)   CPDL #34757:     
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-03-10).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 212 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Transcribed from The Psalm-Singer's Amusement, 1781.

General Information

Title: Let every mortal ear attend
Composer: William Billings

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1781 in The Psalm-Singer's Amusement

Description: Published in The Psalm-Singer's Amusement, 1781, pp. 89-99. Words taken from Isaac Watts, 1709, his Hymn 7 of Book 1, and from the Bible: Isaiah 55:1-2 and Revelation 22:20.

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Original text and translations

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Let every mortal ear attend,
And every heart rejoice;
The trumpet of the gospel sounds
With an inviting voice.
(Isaac Watts' Hymn 7, Book 1)

Hark! Hark! Hear the invitation.
(Billings)

Ho, every one that thirsteth,
Come ye to the waters,
And he that hath no money,
Come, buy and eat,
Come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without price.
For wherefore do you spend your money
For that which is not bread,
And your labor for that which satisfieth not?

Ho, every one that thirsteth,
Come ye to the waters,
And whosoever will, let him come
And take of the waters of life freely.
(Adapted from Isaiah 55:1-2)

Even so, come, Lord Jesus,
Come quickly.
(Revelation 22:20)