Hamton (William Billings)

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  • (Posted 2015-05-02)   CPDL #35283:  Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-05-02).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 64 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. All six stanzas included from Watts' hymn.
  • (Posted 2015-05-02)   CPDL #35281:  Icon_pdf.gif
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-05-02).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 1 page, 76 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). All six stanzas included from Watts' hymn.

General Information

Title: Hamton
First Line: Let mortal tongues attempt to sing
Composer: William Billings
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1770

Description: First published in The New-England Psalm-Singer, 1770, p. 14. Words inferred to be Isaac Watts, 1709, his Hymn 58 of Book 1 (see Kroeger 1981). Barbour (1960) changes the title to Hampton, but Kroeger (1981) accepts the title as Hamton as originally published by Billings.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Let mortal tongues attempt to sing.