Thy beauty, Israel, is gone (Song 5) (Orlando Gibbons)

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  • (Posted 2020-11-17)  CPDL #61497:  Original key:   a 4th lower:     
Editor: Richard Mix (submitted 2020-11-17).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 28 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Sibelius file is transposed.

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Title: Thy beauty, Israel, is gone (Song 5)
Composer: Orlando Gibbons
Lyricist: George Wither

Number of voices: 2-4vv   Voicings: SB or unison
Genre: SacredHymnHymn tune Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1623 The Hymnes and Songs of the Church, no. 5

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Original text and translations

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1. Thy beauty, Israel, is gone;
Slaine on the Places high is he:
The Mighty now are overthrowne:
Oh, thus how commeth it to be!

7. Weepe Israel's Daughters, weepe for Saul,
Who you with Skarlet hath aray'd;
Who clothed you with Pleasures all,
And on your Garments, Gold hath layd.

8. How comes it, he that mightie was,
The foile in Battaile doth sustain!
Thou Jonathan, oh thou (alas)
Upon thy Places high wert slaine.

9. And much distressed is my heart,
My Brother Jonathan, for thee:
My very Deare delight thou wert,
And wondrous was thy love to me.

10. So wondrous, it surpassed farre
The love of Women (evry way:)
Oh, how the Mightie fallen are!
How warlike Instruments decay!