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Drop, drop, slow tears

By Philip Le Bas

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Choir, SATB - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Philip Le Bas. 21st Century, Christian, Contemporary Christian, Sacred, General Worship. Score. 4 pages. Published by Published by Philip Le Bas (S0.210299).

Item Number: S0.210299

A short setting by Philip Le Bas of the classic words of the Jacobean poet Phineas Fletcher. This passionate poem expresses heartfelt regret and penitential remorse for sin. It was most famously set to music as a hymn by Orlando Gibbons and more recently as an anthem by William Walton. This new anthem for SATB choir tries to capture in a more modern way the drama and depth of the words, while retaining a simplicity that enables it to be sung by a church choir. It is particularly suitable for Holy Week services or more generally in Advent and Lent.

DROP, drop, slow tears,  
And bathe those beauteous feet 
Which brought from Heaven  
The news and Prince of Peace: 
Cease not, wet eyes,
His mercy to entreat; 
To cry for vengeance  
Sin doth never cease. 
In your deep floods  
Drown all my faults and fears; 
Nor let His eye  
See sin, but through my tears.  

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