Thomas-Town (William Billings)

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Editor: Michael Lauer (submitted 2007-12-14).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 74 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Thomas-Town First Line: Great God, how frail a thing is man
Composer: William Billings

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1794 in The Continental Harmony
Description: Published on p66 of The Continental Harmony (1794)

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Original text and translations

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Great God, how frail a thing is man,
How swift his minutes pass,
His age contracts within a span,
He blooms and dies like grass.

And must my moments thus decline,
And must I sink to death,
To thee my spirit I resign,
Thou maker of my breath.