O Lord, our fathers oft have told (William Billings)
- Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2007-09-13). Score information: A4, 3 pages Copyright: Personal
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Title: O Lord, our fathers oft have told
Composer: William Billings
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred, Anthem
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1794 in The Continental Harmony
Description: An anthem for Thanksgiving from The Continental Harmony, pub. 1794. "Suitable to be sung on the Anniversary of our Forefathers' landing in New England, Nov. 20th, Anno Domini 1620. Rouse ye Yankies and celibrate this Anniversary, and do not say on the 21st day of November, ""I forgot what day it was yesterday""."
Original text and translations
O Lord, our fathers oft have told in our attentive ears,
The wonders in their days performed and elder times than theirs.
How Thou to plant them here did'st drive the Heathen from this land,
Dispeopled by repeated strokes of thy avenging hand.