The Lord looked down from heaven's high tower (Samuel Wakely)

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  • (Posted 2017-08-07)  CPDL #45769:        (Sibelius 8)
Editor: Edmund Gooch (submitted 2017-08-07).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 57 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: The original order of staves is not specified in the source, but appears to be Tenor - Alto - Soprano (air) - Bass, and has been treated as such here: the tenor and alto parts are given in the source in the treble clef, an octave above sounding pitch, and the air and bass are bracketed together, with the bass figured for keyboard accompaniment. Only the first verse of the text is given in the source: the subsequent verses have been added here, as indicated by the heading 'Psalm 14th. Ver: 2. 3. 5. 6. 7.' in the source. The three notes in the soprano part on beat 3 of bar 12 given here as a dotted crotchet followed by two semiquavers, are printed in the source as a full-sized minim followed by two small quaver grace notes. The tenor semibreve on beats 1-2 of bar 14, given here as a C, is printed in the source as the E a minor third higher.

General Information

Title: The Lord looked down from heaven's high tower
Composer: Samuel Wakely
Tune: Inspection
Lyricists: Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady (from A new version of the psalms of David)

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1846 in The Village Harmony, p. 10
Description: Setting of verses from Ps. 14 in the metrical New Version.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 14.