The Lord descended from above (James Lyon)

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  • (Posted 2014-10-18)  CPDL #33162:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2014-10-18).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 85 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Transcribed from Urania, 1761. The words 'On cherubs and on cherubims' in the text given by Lyons have been edited to the more accurate translation 'With cherubs and with seraphim' in this edition.

General Information

Title: The Lord descended from above
Composer: James Lyon
Lyricist: Thomas Sternhold

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1761 in Urania, p. 125-132
Description: This through-composed setting of Thomas Sternhold's paraphrase of Psalm 18:9-10 (ca. 1548, earliest printed version available in 1597) was first published in James Lyon's Urania, Philadelphia: 1761, where it is described as 'Two Celebrated Verses by Sternhold & Hopkins set to Music'.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 18.