Lift up your eyes, ye sons of light (William Billings)
- Editor: Mark Winges (submitted 2008-11-17). Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 69 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Dynamics added
Title: Lift up your eyes, ye sons of light
Composer: William Billings
Lyricist: Isaac Watts
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred, Anthem
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1786 in The Suffolk Harmony, p. 30-33
Description: This set-piece (through-composed setting of a metrical text) was first published on pp30-33 of William Billings' The Suffolk Harmony, Boston: 1786, where it is headed 'An Anthem Word from Dr Watts'. Hymn Tune Index tune number 4676.
Original text and translations
Lift up your eyes, ye sons of light,
Up to his throne of shining grace;
See what immortal glories sit
Round the sweet beauties of his face!
Amongst a thousand harps and songs,
Jesus, the God, exalted reigns;
His sacred name fills all their tongues,
And echoes through the heav'nly plains.