I am the Rose of Sharon (William Billings)

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  • (Posted 2016-09-26)   CPDL #41241:   
Editor: Aaron Giles (submitted 2016-09-26).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 83 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Transcribed from The Singing Master's Assistant
  • CPDL #00037:        (Finale 1998)
Editor: Rafael Ornes (submitted 1999-01-20).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 86 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: I am the Rose of Sharon
Composer: William Billings

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1778 in The Singing Master's Assistant

Description: Published in The Singing Master's Assistant, 1778.

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Original text and translations

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I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.
As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.
As the apple tree among the trees of the wood,
so is my beloved among the sons.
I sat down under his shadow with great delight,
and his fruit was sweet to my taste.

He brought me to the banqueting house,
his banner over me was love.

Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples:
for I am sick of love.
I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem,
by the roes, and by the hinds of the field,
that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please.

The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh
leaping upon the mountains,
skipping upon the hills.

My beloved spake, and said unto me,
Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.

For, lo, the winter is past,
the rain is over and gone. (Song of Solomon 2:1-5,7-8,10-11)