Baptism (William Billings)
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2014-05-26). Score information: Letter, 1 page, 41 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Music as in 1786. Oval-note edition.
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2014-05-26). Score information: Letter (landscape), 1 page, 42 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Music as in 1786, note shapes added (4-shape).
Composer: William Billings
Lyricist: James Relly
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1786 in The Suffolk Harmony, p. 37-39
Description: Words by James Relly, 1758, his Hymn 15, based on Galatians 3:27.
Original text and translations
1. O! How doth God our souls surprise,
When He our conscience doth baptize
Into the holy nature;
Where, free from all offense and blame,
We now possess in Christ the Lamb,
The fullness of his stature.
And shall ever
In our Savior
With him to this grace elected.
2. Free from all Consciousness of Sin,
We live where none can enter in;
This when in Heart believed;
Our Conscience answers towards God,
As free from Sin, thro’ Jesu’s Blood,
Nor can we be deceived:
In one Body,
White and ruddy,
In the Father’s Glory seated.
3. Salvation now in us is wrought;
Nor is there one uneasy Thought,
By which our Peace is spoiled:
Baptiz’d into the Saviour’s Name,
Our Conscience answers to the Lamb,
Who ne’er can be defiled.
From what vexes
We are fully
In and as is Jesus holy.