Sing ye merrily (William Billings)

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  • (Posted 2015-01-25)  CPDL #34415:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-01-25).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 105 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: As published in 1778.

General Information

Title: Sing ye merrily
Composer: William Billings

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1778 in The Singing Master's Assistant
Description: Published in The Singing-Master's Assistant, 1778, pp. 57-62. Words adapted (apparently by Billings) from Psalm 81.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Sing ye merrily unto God our strength.
Make a cheerful noise unto the God of Jacob.
Take the psalm, bring hither the tabret,
And merry harp with the lute.
Blow ye the trumpet, in the new moon,
Even in the time appointed and on our solemn feast day.
For this was made a statute in Israel,
And a law of the God of Jacob.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,
World without end, Amen.