Blessed is he that considereth the poor (William Billings)

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  • (Posted 2014-07-21)  CPDL #32478:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2014-07-21).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 108 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
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General Information

Title: Blessed is he that considereth the poor
Composer: William Billings

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1770 in The New-England Psalm-Singer
    2nd published: 1781 in The Psalm-Singer's Amusement
Description: Words compiled by Billings from various ("sundry") Bible passages. Originally written 1770, revised in 1781. Transcribed from The Psalm-Singer's Amusement, 1781.

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Original text and translations

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Blessed is he that considereth the poor:
The Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.
The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive,
And will not deliver him into the will of his enemies. (Psalm 41:1-2)

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall find mercy. (Matthew 5:7)

Follow after charity. (1 Corinthians 14:1)
There is hope, faith, and charity,
But the greatest of these is charity. (1 Corinthians 13:13)

Blessed is he that considereth the poor:
The Lord shall strengthen him upon the bed of languishing. (Psalm 41:1,3)

He that giveth to the poor, he lendeth to the Lord,
And he will repay it. (Proverbs 19:17)

The poor man cried, and the Lord heard him,
And delivered him from all his trouble. (Psalm 34:6)
A father to the fatherless, the widow's God and guide. (Psalm 68:5)

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father
Is to visit the widow and fatherless,
And to keep himself unspotted from the world. (James 1:27)

Blessed be the Lord,
From everlasting to everlasting,
Praise the Lord, Amen.
And let all the people say, Amen.
Hallelujah, Amen. (Psalm 106:48)