Now to the Lord a noble song (A. Jenkins)

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  • CPDL #32246:        (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Edmund Gooch (submitted 2014-06-11).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 54 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Verses of 'Now to the Lord a noble song' after the first have been added editorially. 'Shine forth' has been used at the start of the fourth line in verse 3, rather than the more usual 'Sparkle', as being better suited to the music. The keyboard accompaniment given in small notes in the source has been omitted from the present edition.
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General Information

Title: Now to the Lord a noble song
Composer: A. Jenkins
Tune: Bridgenorth
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1820 in W. J. White's The Sacred Herald, London, p. 35, attributed to A. Jenkins: it is the only item in the book with this attribution.

Description: The tune is headed '47 Hy. 2d B. Dr Watts. 97. Pm New Version', and the first verse of Isaac Watts' hymn 'Now to the Lord a noble song', (Hymn 47 from Book 2 of Hymns and Spiritual Songs) is underlaid. The alternative text, Ps. 97 New Version, is 'Jehovah reigns, let all the earth'.

The order of staves in The Sacred Herald is Tenor - Alto - Soprano - Bass, with both the alto and tenor parts printed in the treble clef an octave above sounding pitch. The Soprano and Bass staves are bracketed together and a keyboard accompaniment is indicated between these parts with small notes.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Now to the Lord a noble song.