When the fierce north wind (John Whitaker)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2019-10-07).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 79 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

General Information

Title: When the fierce north wind
Composer: John Whitaker
Lyricist: Isaac Watts

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description:  Anthologised in "Harmonia sacra, a collection of the most celebrated tunes and anthems", Aberdeen, 1822. This work includes neither organ part nor figured bass.

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Original text and translations

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When the fierce north wind, with its airy forces,
Rears up the Baltic to a foaming fury,
And the red light'ning with a storm of hail
Comes rushing amain down,

How the poor sailor stands amazed and trembles,
While the hoarse thunder, like a bloody trumpet,
Roars aloud onset to the gaping waters,
Quick to devour them.

Such shall the noise be, and the wild disorder,
If things eternal may be like those earthy;
Such the dire terror when the great archangel
Shakes the creation.