How blest is he who ne'er consents (Bennett Mintern Swaffield)

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  • (Posted 2011-12-21)  CPDL #25202:        (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Edmund Gooch (submitted 2011-12-21).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 58 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: The soprano (and organ right hand) F and G on beat 3 of bar 15 are printed in the source as small semiquaver grace notes preceded by a minim E, but have been writted out in full in the present edition.

General Information

Title: How blest is he who ne'er consents
Composer: Bennett Mintern Swaffield
Lyricists: Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady (from A new version of the psalms of David)

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1822 in Twenty Five Original Melodies, p. 1
    2nd published: 1841 in Carmina Sacra (Lowell Mason), no. 120a
Description: A setting of three verses from Psalm 1 in the metrical New Version. Part allocations are given in the source (Swaffield's Twenty Five Original Melodies) as Soprano - Alto - Tenore - Basso - Organo, with the alto part originally notated in the treble clef an octave above sounding pitch. The text of the first verse only is underlaid in the source, with the other two verses printed after the music.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 1.