I beheld and lo, a great multitude (John Blow)

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  • (Posted 2016-05-30)  CPDL #39857:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2016-05-30).   Score information: A4, 13 pages, 159 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Clefs modernised. From Cathedral Music, Volume 3 (William Boyce).

General Information

Title: I beheld and lo, a great multitude
Composer: John Blow
Source of text: Revelation 7:9-15

Number of voices: 7vv   Voicing: SAATTBB, with ATBB verses.
Genre: SacredVerse anthem

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1773 in Cathedral Music, Volume 3, p. 245

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Original text and translations

English.png English text 9  …I beheld and lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, [and tongues,]stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

10  And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

13b  And I heard a voice saying, What are these which are arrayed in white robes, and whence came they?

14b  These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

15a  Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple:

11  And all the angels stood round [about] the throne, and [about] the elders with the four beasts, [and] fell down before the throne[ on their faces], and worshipped God,

12b  Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.