Hampshire (1779) (William Billings)

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  • (Posted 2015-04-20)   CPDL #35159:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-04-20).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 56 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-04-20)   CPDL #35156:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-04-20).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 67 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added.

General Information

Title: Hampshire (1779)
First Line: Return, O God of love, return
Composer: William Billings
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First Published: 1779 in Music in Miniature, no. 62.

Description: Published in Music in Miniature, 1779, p. 28; revised after 1781 in a later edition of The Psalm-Singer's Amusement, published perhaps in 1804 (see Nathan 1977). Words by Isaac Watts, paraphrase of Psalm 90. (Very different from Hampshire (1770), which is Long Meter (88. 88), 4/4 time, in A minor.)

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 90.