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William Billings Great God, How Frail A Thing Are We

Arranger
Thomas Gibbs, Jr.
Categories
Anthems
Instrument(s)
Unaccompanied [a cappella], Keyboard [organ/piano]
Voicing
SATB
Original Publication
Sewanee Composer's Project - Vol. 17
Difficulty
Easy
Suggested Uses(s)
Description

SATB a cappella (optional organ). Billings' tune Thomas-Town, edited by Thomas Gibbs, Jr. Text (altered) attributed to Mather Byles. Typical Billings style: open harmonies, vigorous rhythms, and a resolute style throughout.

Great God, how frail a thing are we!
How swift our minutes pass!
Our age contracts within a span:
we bloom and die 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.

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Mark Schweizer
P.O. Box 249
Tryon, North Carolina 28782
Phone 828.859.0323
Toll Free 877.822.0304

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