Chesterfield (William Billings)

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  • (Posted 1999-05-05)  CPDL #00033:        (Finale 1998)
Editor: Rafael Ornes (submitted 1999-05-05).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 23 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Chesterfield
Composer: William Billings

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1770 in The New-England Psalm-Singer

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Original text and translations

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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.