Lift up your eyes, ye sons of light (William Billings)

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  • (Posted 2008-11-17)  CPDL #18307:     
Editor: Mark Winges (submitted 2008-11-17).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 69 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Dynamics added

General Information

Title: Lift up your eyes, ye sons of light
Composer: William Billings
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

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

Language: English
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.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

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.