Billings was one of the first major American composers. He was born on October 7, 1746 in Boston and died on September 26, 1800 in Boston.
Hughes, pp. 314-15
Jones, pp. 13-14
Pratt, p. 132
Randel, pp. 78-79
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The Lord is risen indeed! Hallelujah!
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Now is Christ risen from the dead,
And become the first fruit of them that slept.
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Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah.
And did he rise? And did he rise? Did he rise?
Hear it, ye nations! hear it O ye dead!
He rose, he rose, he rose, he rose,
He burst the bars of death,
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And triumphed o'er the grave.
Then, then, then I rose,
Then I rose, then I rose,
Then first humanity triumphant
Past the crystal ports of light,
And seized eternal youth.
Men all immortal hail, hail, heaven,
All lavish of strange gifts to man,
Thine's all the glory, man's the boundless bliss.