Paris (William Billings)

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  • (Posted 2015-04-23)   CPDL #35174:     
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-04-23).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 56 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. The other seven stanzas of Watts' paraphrase added below.
  • (Posted 2015-04-22)   CPDL #35173:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-04-22).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 64 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). The other seven stanzas of Watts' paraphrase added below.

General Information

Title: Paris
First Line: Praise ye the Lord, 'tis good to raise
Composer: William Billings
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1779 in Music in Miniature, no. 70

Description: First published in Music In Miniature, 1779, p. 31, without words. The words to Isaac Watts' paraphrase of Psalm 147 were printed in several Boston books with this music over the next decade (Worcester Collection, Federal Harmony, etc.), strongly indicating that Billings used those words (also see Nathan 1977).

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 147.