How good and pleasant must it be (Thomas Clark)

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  • (Posted 2012-08-03)  CPDL #26886:        (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Edmund Gooch (submitted 2012-08-03).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 66 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Original order of staves is 2d. - 1st. - [Instrumental bass] in the opening symphony, and Tenor - [Alto] - Treble - [Bass] - [Instrumental bass] thereafter. The 2nd part of the symphonies during and after the verse is given on the tenor stave in the source, but is given on the Alto stave in the present edition. The alto part is notated in the treble clef at the upper octave in the source. The second, third and fourth verses of the text are printed after the music in the source, and have here been underlaid editorially. The last word of the last verse is printed in the source as 'voices'.

General Information

Title: How good and pleasant must it be
Composer: Thomas Clark
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: Basso continuo

First published: 1807 in A Second Set of Psalm Tunes, p. 10
Description: Setting of verses from Psalm 92 in the metrical New Version. Hymn Tune Index tune number 11884.

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Original text and translations

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How good and pleasant must it be
To thank the Lord most high;
And with repeated hymns of praise
His name to magnify.

With ev'ry morning's early dawn
His goodness to relate;
And of his constant truth, each night,
The glad effects repeat.

To ten-stringed instruments we'll sing,
With tuneful psalt'ries join'd,
And to the harp, with solemn sounds,
For sacred use design'd.

For through thy wondrous works, O Lord,
Thou mak'st my heart rejoice;
The thoughts of them shall make me glad,
And shout with chearful voice.