Crucifixion (William Billings)

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  • (Posted 2015-03-01)   CPDL #34689:     
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-03-01).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 90 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. Transcribed from revised 1787 version.
  • (Posted 2015-03-01)   CPDL #34690:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-03-01).   Score information: Unknown, 2 pages, 93 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Transcribed from revised 1787 version.

General Information

Title: Crucifixion
First Line: Mourn, mourn, ye saints
Composer: William Billings
Lyricist: Anonymous

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella


First published: 1779 in Music in Miniature, no. 14

Description: First published in Music in Miniature, 1779, without words. Considerably revised in 1787 in a eight-page separate, bound with copies of The Suffolk Harmony. The portion before the fugue was reprinted in 1806, transposed up a half step (to F#m), no accidental in m. 8 Tenor, and altered words; it is uncertain whether this revision is by Billings. Words by an unknown author (see Stratford (Daniel Read)).

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Mourn, mourn ye saints.

English.png English text

(1787)
Mourn, mourn, ye saints,
As if you see,
Your Savior dear nailed to the tree.
A bitter death He did endure,
To save the souls of men secure.

 

(1806)
Mourn, mourn, ye saints,
Where-e'er you see,
Your Savior dear nailed to the tree.
A cruel death He did endure,
To save the souls of men secure.