Alvise Balbi
(c.1570 - c.1625)

Percusso Philisthæo
(S.S.A.A.T.T.B.B.)
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From Ecclesiastici Concentus, Venice, 1606. This edition is offered at original pitch (high chiavette) for S.S.A.A.T.T.B.B. or transposed down a fourth for the same forces.
Lyrics: 1 Samuel ch. 18, v. 6,7

Percusso Philisthæo David, et ferret caput eius in Hierusalem,
egressae sunt mulieres de universis urbibus Israel,
cantantes, chorosque ducentes in occursum Saul regis,
in tympanis lætitiae et in sistris.
Et præcinebant mulieres ludentes atque dicentes:
Saul percussit mille et David decem millia.

When David slaughtered the Philistine, and bore his head to Jerusalem,
the women came out of all cities of Israel
singing and dancing to meet King Saul,
with timbrels, with instruments of joy, and with rebecks.
And the women sang by course in their play, and said:
"Saul hath slain his thousand, and David his ten thousand".