Chesterfield (William Billings)
- Editor: Rafael Ornes (submitted 1999-05-05). Score information: Letter, 1 page, 23 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes:
Composer: William Billings
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1770 in The New-England Psalm-Singer
Original text and translations
Death may disolve my body now,
And bear my spirit home;
Why do my minutes move so slow,
Nor my salvation come?
With heav'nly weapons I have fought
The Battles of the Lord
Finished my course, and kept the Faith
And wait the sure Reward.
God has laid up in Heav'n for me
A Crown which cannot fade;
The righteous Judge at that great Day
Shall place it on my head.
Nor hath the King of Grace decreed
This prize for me alone;
But all that love, and long to see
Th' Appearance of his Son.
Jesus, the Lord, shall guard me safe
From ev'ry ill Design;
And to his heav'nly Kingdom keep
This feeble Soul of mine.
God is my everlasting Aid,
And Hell shall rage in vain;
To Him be hichest Glory paid,
And endless Praise, Amen.