The heavens declare the glory of God (William Boyce)

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  • (Posted 2019-03-07)  CPDL #53473:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-03-07).   Score information: A4, 22 pages, 263 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: #32966, with figured bass realised.
  • (Posted 2014-09-17)  CPDL #32966:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2014-09-17).   Score information: A4, 17 pages, 217 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from A collection of anthems and a short service in score for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 8 voices (London, 1790). revised files uploaded 27/02/19.

General Information

Title: The heavens declare the glory of God
Composer: William Boyce
Source of text: Psalm 19:1-5; Rev. 15:3b & 4:11

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: ATB(SATB)
Genre: SacredVerse anthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1790 in Collection of Anthems and a Short Service, p. 61

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Original text and translations

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Ps.19:1  The heavens declare the glory of God: and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
Ps.19:2  One day telleth another: and one night certifieth another.
Ps.19:3  There is neither speech nor language: but their voices are heard among them.
Ps.19:4  Their sound is gone out into all lands: and their words into the ends of the world.
Ps.19:5  In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun: which cometh forth as a bridegroom out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a giant to run his course.
Rev. 15:3  Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
Rev. 4:11  Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.