Let us now praise famous men (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

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  • (Posted 2022-05-25)  CPDL #69360:     
Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2022-05-25).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 258 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Based on the 1923 Curwen & Sons edition. (The solfege is removed, and the accompaniment is lightly edited to make it more idiomatic for organ.)

General Information

Title: Let us now praise famous men
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Text: Ecclesiasticus 44:1, 3a, 4a, 5, 7, 9a, 14

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: unison
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1923
    2nd published: 1933 in The Church Anthem Book, no. 51
Description: Appropriate for All Saints, or for other saints' days.

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Original text and translations

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Let us now praise famous men, and our fathers that begat us.
Such as did bear rule in their kingdoms, men renowned for their power.
Leaders of the people by their counsels, and by their knowledge.
Such as found out musical tunes, and recited verses in writing.
All these were honoured in their generations, and were the glory of their times.
And some there be, which have no memorial, who are perished as though they had never been.
Their bodies are buried in peace, but their name liveth for evermore.