Oct 05

I am the Rose of Sharon (Song of Solomon 2:1-5,7-8,10-11) – William Billings

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)


Performed by Quire Cleveland under Artistic Director Ross W. Duffin

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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

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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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May 25

Membra Jesu nostri [The most holy limbs of our suffering Jesus] (Nahum 1:15a; Isaiah 66:12b; Zachariah 13:6a; Song of Solomon 2:13b,14a; 1 Peter 2:2-3; Song of Solomon 4:9a; Psalm 31:16) – Dietrich Buxtehude

 

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Jesus on the cross on the Stone Bridge in Písek, Czech Republic (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nahum 1:15a; Isaiah 66:12b; Zachariah 13:6a; Song of Solomon 2:13b,14a; 1 Peter 2:2-3; Song of Solomon 4:9a; Psalm 31:16 [Latin]

15 Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off.

12 For thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees.

And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.

13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

14 O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; thou hast ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy neck.

16 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies’ sake.

Plus additional text by Arnulf of Louvain (c. 1200 –1250)

Membra Jesu nostri, BuxWV 75, composed in 1680 by Dietrich Buxtehude (c. 1637-1707)

 

Performed by Bach Consort (Moscow)

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Membra Jesu nostri by Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707). Edited by Thomas Schlage. For Choir SSATB, 2 Violins, Violin, 5 Viola da gamba (2 Violin, Violin, 2 Viola da gamba), Basso Continuo. This edition: Paperbound. Score available separately – see item CA.3601300. Oratorios; Lent and Passiontide. Vocal score. Language: Latin. BuxWV 75. 80 pages. Duration 63 minutes. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.3601303). 

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Apr 21

Greater love hath no man (Song of Solomon 8:7,6; John 15:13; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Corinthians 6:11; 1 Peter 2:9; Romans 12:1) – John Ireland

 

Ireland, 1917

Ireland, 1917 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Song of Solomon 8:7,6; John 15:13; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Corinthians 6:11; 1 Peter 2:9; Romans 12:1

7 Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.

6 Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.

13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;

12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

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Greater love hath no man (1912) by John Ireland


Performed by Abbeydale Singers

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Greater Love Hath No Man by John Ireland (1879-1962). For SB soli, SATB Choir, organ or orchestra (Mixed Voices). 8 pages. Published by Galaxy Music Corporation

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Apr 16

Quam pulchra es [How beautiful you are] (Song of Solomon 7:6,7,5,4,11,12) – John Dunstaple

 

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Capital from the Song of Solomon in Winchester Cathedral. (Image via Wikipedia)

Song of Solomon 7:6, 7, 5a, 4a, 11a, 12 [Latin]

How fair and how pleasant art thou, O love, for delights!

This thy stature is like to a palm tree, and thy breasts to clusters of grapes.

Thine head upon thee is like Carmel, and the hair of thine head like purple; the king is held in the galleries.

Thy neck is as a tower of ivory; thine eyes like the fishpools in Heshbon, by the gate of Bathrabbim: thy nose is as the tower of Lebanon which looketh toward Damascus.

11 Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field; let us lodge in the villages.

12  Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish, whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates bud forth: there will I give thee my loves.

Quam pulchra es (c. 1410-1453) by John Dunstaple (or Dunstable) (1390-1453)


Performed by Trio Triumvirum at the Church of Notre Dame, New York City

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