Before the heavens were spread abroad (Horatio W. Parker)

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  • (Posted 2018-02-15)  CPDL #48833:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: Brian Marble (submitted 2018-02-15).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 153 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformat of #5610.
  • (Posted 2003-10-05)  CPDL #05610:      (Sibelius 2)
Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2003-10-05).   Score information: A4, 15 pages, 212 kB   Copyright: Personal
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Title: Before the Heavens Were Spread Abroad
Composer: Horatio W. Parker

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

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

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Original text and translations

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Before the heavens were spread abroad,
From everlasting was the Word;
With God He was, the Word was God,
And must divinely be adored.

The morning stars sang together
and all the sons of God shouted for joy.
And we beheld His glory,
as of the only begotten of the Father full of grace and truth.
The morning stars sang together,
and all the sons of God shouted for joy.

This is He whom seers in old time
Chanted of with one accord;
Whom the voices of the Prophets
Promis’d in their faithful word,
Lo, He comes the long expected,
Let creation praise it’s Lord,
Evermore and evermore.

Christ, to Thee, with God the Father,
And, O Holy Ghost to Thee,
Hymn, and chant, and high thanksgiving,
And unwearied praises be,
Honour, glory, and dominion,
And eternal victory,
Evermore and evermore.