Sing O heavens (William Boyce)

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  • (Posted 2012-02-15)  CPDL #25590:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2012-02-15).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 120 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Sing O heavens
Composer: William Boyce
Source of text: Isaiah 49:13-15 & 51:1-3

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredAnthemVerse anthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ, basso continuo

First published: 1780 in 15 Anthems, no. 16
Description: A verse anthem for alto, tenor and bass and for 4 part chorus. Concludes with a jubilant fugue.

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Original text and translations

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49:13  Sing O heav'ns and be joyful, O earth, break forth into singing, O mountains, for the Lord hath comforted his people and will have mercy upon his afflicted.
49:14  But Zion said, the Lord hath forsaken me and my Lord hath forgotten me.
49:15  Can a woman forget her sucking child that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.
51:1a  Hearken to me ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the Lord. Look unto the rock whence ye are hewn.
51:2  Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you, for I called him alone and blessed him and increased him.
51:3  For the lord shall comfort Zion. He will comfort all her waste places. And he will make her wilderness like Eden and her desert like the garden of the lord. Joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving and the voice of melody. Amen.