Plaint for a Prince and King
Language: English 
Thy Glory, O Israel, is slain upon thy high places.
Oh, how are the mighty fallen.

Saul and Jonathan, lovely, beloved,
  neither in life nor in death were divided.

Ye daughters of Israel, weep for Saul
  who delicately clothed you in bright scarlet,
  ornamented your clothing with gold.

Oh, how are the mighty fallen upon thy high places.
Oh, Jonathan, in your death I am stricken.
I am desolate for you, Jonathan, my brother.

You were very dear to me;
Your love more dear to me than the love of a woman.

Oh, how are the mighty fallen.


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

  • by Joelle Wallach (b. 1946), "Plaint for a Prince and King" [4 french horns in F, 2 trumpets in b, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, tam-tam, bass drum, crotales, 4 extra crotales placed on extra 26-inch timpanum, and men's chorus; or for men's chorus and piano] [
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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Word count: 98