William Billings
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Song of Solomon 2:1-5,7-8,10-11

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, and 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.

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

11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;

I am the Rose of Sharon (from The Singing Master’s Assistant, first published in 1778), composed by William Billings (1746-1800)

I am the rose of Sharon (1778), by William Billings (1746--1800)

Performed by Quire Cleveland under Artistic Director Ross W. Duffin


I am the rose of Sharon / Paul Hillier and His Majestie’s Clerkes / Early American Choral Music Vol. 1: Anthems and Fuging Tunes by William Billings / Harmonia Mundi


I Am the Rose of Sharon composed by William Billings (1746-1800). Arranged by Richard C. Pisano. For Choral (SATB). Walton Choral. 16 pages. Walton Music #W2201. Published by Walton Music (HL.8500736).


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