St. Thomas (William Billings)
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-04-26). Score information: Unknown, 2 pages, 116 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Transcribed from The Continental Harmony, 1794, pp. 127-129. Re-formatted 2016-08-02.
- Editor: Joachim Kelecom (submitted 2008-07-15). Score information: A4, 5 pages, 53 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes:
- Possible error(s) identified. Error summary: Both source file and pdf contain an error in lyrics (m. 38): Inbelief should be Unbelief.
Title: St. Thomas
First Line: Methinks I see my Savior dear
Composer: William Billings
Lyricist: Isaac Watts
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.) (Billings), Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.) × 3 (Watts)
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1779 in Music in Miniature, no. 65
2nd published: 1794 in The Continental Harmony
Description: The first 15 measures first published as Calvary in 1779, without words. Considerably revised in 1794, adding 34 measures, retitled as St. Thomas. Words of the first 15 measures by an unknown author (first published in 1787); remainder of words by Isaac Watts, 1709, his Hymn 95 of Book 2. Billings used the anonymous (C. M.) stanza, adding three of Watts' (C. M.) stanzas; the result is four stanzas.
Original text and translations
Methinks I see my Savior dear
On the accursed tree;
Methinks I see his bleeding wounds,
Which he received for me. (Anonymous, before 1787)
Original text and translations may be found at Infinite grief! Amazing woe.