Funeral Anthem for Queen Caroline, HWV 264 (George Frideric Handel)

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  • (Posted 2005-09-15)  CPDL #09591:    (MIDI)
Editor: Michael Gibson (submitted 2005-09-15).   Score information: A4, 59 pages, 2.2 MB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Piano-vocal score, midi files zipped, large file (2.2 Mbytes)

General Information

Title: Funeral Anthem for Queen Caroline, HWV 264
Alternate title: The ways of Zion do mourn
Composer: George Frideric Handel

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

Language: English
Instruments: Orchestra

(2 oboes & strings)

First published:
Description: Mvt 9 quotes a motet by Gallus.

External websites:

Original text and translations

English.png English text

The ways of Zion do mourn and she is in bitterness;
all her people sigh and hang down their heads to the ground.

How are the mighty fall’n.
She that was great among the nations,
and princess of the provinces!

She put on righteousness, and it cloathed her;
her judgment was a robe and a diadem.

When the ear heard her, then it blessed her,
and when the eye saw her, it gave witness of her.

She delivered the poor that cried, the fatherless,
and him that had none to help him.
Kindness, meekness, and comfort were her tongue;
if there was any virtue,
and if there was any praise, she thought on those things.

The righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance,
and the wise will shine as the brightness of the firmament.

Their bodies are buried in peace;
but their name liveth evermore.

The people will tell of their wisdom,
and the congregation will shew forth their praise;
their reward also is with the Lord,
and the care of them is with the Most high.

They shall receive a glorious kingdom
and a beautiful crown from the Lord’s hand.

The merciful goodness of the Lord
endureth for ever on them that fear him,
and his righteousness on children’s children.