Baptism (William Billings)

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Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2014-05-26).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 41 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Music as in 1786. Oval-note edition.
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2014-05-26).   Score information: Letter (landscape), 1 page, 42 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Music as in 1786, note shapes added (4-shape).

General Information

Title: Baptism
Composer: William Billings
Lyricist: James Relly

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1786 in The Suffolk Harmony, p. 37-39

Description: Words by James Relly, 1758, his Hymn 15, based on Galatians 3:27.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

1. O! How doth God our souls surprise,
When He our conscience doth baptize
Into the holy nature;
Where, free from all offense and blame,
We now possess in Christ the Lamb,
The fullness of his stature.

Now free
Are we
And shall ever
In our Savior
Stand perfected;
With him to this grace elected.

2. Free from all Consciousness of Sin,
We live where none can enter in;
This when in Heart believed;
Our Conscience answers towards God,
As free from Sin, thro’ Jesu’s Blood,
Nor can we be deceived:

For he
And we,
In one Body,
White and ruddy,
Are compleated:
In the Father’s Glory seated.

3. Salvation now in us is wrought;
Nor is there one uneasy Thought,
By which our Peace is spoiled:
Baptiz’d into the Saviour’s Name,
Our Conscience answers to the Lamb,
Who ne’er can be defiled.

Now blest
We rest
From what vexes
And perplexes;
We are fully
In and as is Jesus holy.