The beauty of Israel is slain (William Knapp)
- Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2016-10-09). Score information: A4, 8 pages, 112 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Knapp's constituency was country (predominantly organless) parishes. The reduction provided with the current edition is best reserved for rehearsal use only.
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. Introduced in 1662 as part of the post-restauration settlement, the liturgies for 30th January, 29th May (Restauration Day) and 5th November (Guy Fawkes' Day) were included in the BCP until 1859. All were set by Knapp.
Original text and translations
The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen!
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.
Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet and other delights.
How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan! thou wast slain upon thy high places. How are the mighty fallen!
I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of woman.
How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan! thou wast slain in thine high places.
How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!