Majesty (William Billings)

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  • CPDL #00040:        (Finale 1998)
Editor: Rafael Ornes (submitted 1999-08-06).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 44 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Majesty
Composer: William Billings
Lyricist: Thomas Sternhold and John Hopkins

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1778 in The Singing Master's Assistant

Description: Words by Sternhold and Hopkins, 1598, their paraphrase of Psalm 18: 9 (p. 56).

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Original text and translations

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The Lord descended from above,
and bow'd the heav'ns most high,
And underneath his feet
He cast the darkness of the sky.

On cherub and on cherubim,
Full royally he rode,
And on the wings of mighty winds
came flying all abroad.