It is better to go (Daniel Read)

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  • (Posted 2015-06-29)   CPDL #35928:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-06-29).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 70 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-06-29)   CPDL #35927:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-06-29).   Score information: 7 x 10 in (landscape), 2 pages, 78 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape).

General Information

Title: It is better to go}} Composer: Daniel Read

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1807 in The Columbian Harmonist, Third Edition, pp. 110-111

Description: Words adapted by Read from Ecclesiastes Chapter 7 "and other scriptures."

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

It is better to go to the house of mourning
than to the house of feasting:
For that is the end of all men. (Ecclesiastes 7:2)

For it is appointed unto all men to die, (cf. Job 7:1, Hebrews 9:27)

And blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. (Revelation 14:13)