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William Billings Methinks I See An Heavenly Host (Shiloh)

Arranger
Thomas Gibbs, Jr.
Categories
Anthems
Instrument(s)
Unaccompanied [a cappella]
Voicing
SATB
Original Publication
Sewanee Composer's Project - Vol. 16
Difficulty
Moderately Easy
Suggested Uses(s)
Description

A vigorous early American Christmas anthem with a rustic, unbuttoned flair and an equally rustically-beautiful and powerful text. Absolutely captivating, with alterations between duple and 6/8 meter. The tune Shiloh by Billings.  SATB a cappella with an optional keyboard reduction.  This version does *not* contain all of Billings' text.

Methinks I see an heav'nly host
Of angels on the wing;
Methinks I hear their cheerful notes
So merrily they sing.

Let all your fears be banish'd hence,
Glad tidings I proclaim;
For there's a Savior born today,
And Jesus is his name.

Lay down your crooks, and quit your flocks,
To Bethlehem repair;
And let your wand'ring steps be squar'd
By yonder shining star.

Seek not in courts or palaces,
Nor royal curtains draw;
But search the stable, see your God
Extended on the straw.

Then suddenly a heav'nly host
Around the shepherds throng,
Exulting in the threefold God
And thus address their song.

To God the Father, Christ the Son,
And Holy Ghost ador'd;
The first and last, the last and first,
Eternal praise afford.

Contact

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

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