194. When Jesus Wept

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When Jesus wept, the falling tear
in mercy flowed beyond all bound.
When Jesus groaned, a trembling fear
seized all the guilty world around.

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First Line: When Jesus wept, the falling tear
Title: When Jesus Wept
Author: Perez Morton (1770)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: LM
Scripture: Luke 19:41; John 11:35
Topic: Christian Year: Baptism of Jesus; Christian Year: Transfiguration; Jesus Christ: Life (1 more...)
Language: English
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Name: WHEN JESUS WEPT
Composer: William Billings (1770)
Meter: LM
Key: d minor or modal
Notes: *May be sung as a canon.


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Like Paul Revere’s engraving of people singing around a table that formed the frontispiece of the volume where this canon appeared, its music and words (based on John 11:35, 38) were the fruits of the lively cultural scene in Boston during an era of growing colonial unrest.


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