Samuel the priest gave up the ghost (William Billings)

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  • (Posted 2015-02-26)  CPDL #34682:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-02-26).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 125 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition.

General Information

Title: Samuel the priest gave up the ghost
Composer: William Billings

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1786 in The Suffolk Harmony, p. 52-56
Description: Words adapted by Billings "from sundry Scriptures," portions of 1 Samuel, Job, and the Psalms.

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Original text and translations

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Samuel the priest gave up the ghost,
And all Israel mourned. (1 Samuel 2:1)

Have pity on me, O ye my friends,
For the hand of God hath touched me. (Job 19:21)

Lover and friend hast thou put far from me,
And mine acquaintance into darkness. (Psalm 88:18)

I am weary with my groaning all the night,
Make I my bed to swim,
I water my couch with my tears. (Psalm 6:6)

My soul cleaveth unto the dust,
My soul melteth for heaviness. (Psalm 119:25)

Naked I came out of my mother's womb,
And naked shall I return.
The Lord gave, and the Lord taketh away.
And blessed be the name of the Lord! (Job 1:21)