“Death of King Saul”, 1848 by Elie Marcuse (Germany and France, 1817-1902)

2 Samuel 1:17-27

17 And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son:

18 (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.)

19 The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen!

20 Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.

21 Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither let there be rain, upon you, nor fields of offerings: for there the shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, as though he had not been anointed with oil.

22 From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan turned not back, and the sword of Saul returned not empty.

23 Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.

24 Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with other delights, who put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel.

25 How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan, thou wast slain in thine high places.

26 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 women.

27 How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!

Planxit autem David (1504) by Josquin des Prez (c. 1440 – 1521)

Planxit autem David

Performed by Alamire



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Psalm 3:1-8 [Latin]

1 Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.

2 Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.

3 But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.

4 I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.

5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me.

6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.

7 Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.

8 Salvation belongeth unto the Lord: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.

Jehova quam multi sunt hostes mei, Z.135 (c. 1680) by Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

Purcell - Jehova quam multi sunt hostes mei : Chester Cathedral Nave Choir

Performed by Chester Cathedral Nave Choir


MP3: Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei / Henry Purcell / Jeremy Summerly, Oxford Camerata / Naxos


A Purcell Anthology by Henry Purcell (1659-1695). Arranged by Bruce Wood. For SATB choir with and without organ/strings. Mixed Voices. Sacred, Choral Collection. Vocal score. 112 pages. Published by Oxford University Press (OU.9780193533516).


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Matthew 6:9-13 [French]

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Notre Père, Op. 14, No. 4 (1977) by Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)

Chœur St-Michel 2009 [2]

Performed by Chœur de St-Michel

MP3: Notre Pere, Op. 14 / Voices of Ascension Chorus / Delos


Notre Pere, Op. 14, No. 4 by Maurice Durufle (1902-1986) and Maurice Durufle. For Chorus (SATB). Editions Durand. Choral, Sacred and 20th Century. Octavo. Translations. 4 pages. Editions Durand #DF1407500. Published by Editions Durand (HL.50561465).

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Psalm 96:1-6, 9-10

1 O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth.

2 Sing unto the Lord, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.

3 Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.

4 For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.

5 For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens.

6 Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

O sing unto the Lord (1688) by Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

O Sing Unto the Lord - Henry Purcell

Performed by The Southwark Cathedral Merbecke Choir, London


MP3: O Sing unto the Lord / Purcell: Verse Anthems / Edward Higgenbottom / Choir of New College, Cambridge / CRD Records


O Sing unto the Lord by Henry Purcell (1659-1695). For Choral (SATB). Music Sales America. Baroque, Choral. 28 pages. Novello & Co Ltd. #NOV290146. Published by Novello & Co Ltd. (HL.14023758).


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