Complaint (Abijah Forbush)

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Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2021-11-21).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 49 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Oval note edition. Top line ("Air") and second line switched, so melody in Tenor. Whole piece re-barred to eliminate long rests. Repeat added for last quatrain.
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2021-11-21).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 50 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Top line ("Air") and second line switched, so melody in Tenor. Whole piece re-barred to eliminate long rests. Repeat added for last quatrain.
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2021-11-14).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 46 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Oval notes, as written in 1806. Transcribed from The Psalmodist's Assistant, 1806. Another triad of stanzas added from Watts' paraphrase.
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2021-11-14).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 46 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). Transcribed from The Psalmodist's Assistant, 1806. Another triad of stanzas added from Watts' paraphrase.

General Information

Title: Complaint
First Line: Thou God of love, thou ever-blest
Composer: Abijah Forbush
Lyricist: Isaac Watts
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Genre: SacredSet piece   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1806 in The Psalmodist's Assistant, Edition 2, no. 61
Description: Words by Isaac Watts, 1717, paraphrase of Psalm 120, with six stanzas. Subtitled by Watts "Complaint of quarrelsome neighbors; or, A devout wish for peace." Forbush used stanzas 1, 2, and 4 in his composition.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Psalm 120.