The beauty of Israel is slain (John Broderip)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2011-11-13).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 108 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

General Information

Title: The beauty of Israel is slain
Composer: John Broderip
Source of text: 2 Samuel 1:19,20,22,24-25

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1745 in A New Set of Anthems and Psalm Tunes, p. 10

Description: 2 Samuel, Ch. 1 was specified in the Book of Common Prayer as a proper lesson at morning prayer for 30th January, the anniversary of the execution (1649) of Charles, King and Martyr.

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Original text and translations

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The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fall'n!
Tell it not in Gath, nor in the streets of Askelon: lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph. How are the mighty fall'n!
From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan turned not back, and the sword of Saul returned not empty. How are the mighty fall'n!
O Jonathan! thou wast slain upon thy high places. How are the mighty fall'n!
Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet and other delights, who put on ornament of gold upon your apparel. How are the mighty fall'n!