Language: English 
Use: Lent
Ensemble: SATB (div.) 
Accompaniment: a cappella 
Duration: 4.0 minutes 
Page Count: 7 
Catalog Number: NWC-171

Available from J. W. Pepper.

Sample Score

A haunting arrangement capturing the spirit of the early American tune by William Billings (1746-1800). This harmonized setting is for SATB, with sections of 4-part women and 4-part men, weaving the melody into the inner voices. Effective during Lent and Holy Week, also appropriate as a general anthem, during communion, as a choral meditation, or on a concert featuring American music.


When Jesus wept, the falling tear 
in mercy flowed beyond all bound; 
when Jesus groaned, a trembling fear 
seized all the guilty world around. 
--William Billings (1746-1800) 

O let my name engraven stand 
Both on thy heart and on thy hand; 
Seal me upon thine arm, and wear 
That pledge of love for ever there. 
--Isaac Watts (1674-1748)