Fair and Eloquent Flowers

Jonathan D. Campbell

Text Author: Ephrem the Syrian

Translator: Sebastian Brock

Tr. of Ephrem from Harp of the Spirit © 1983 The Fellowship of St. Alban and St. Sergius. Music © 2014 GIA.

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Vocal Forces: Two-part equal

Accompaniment: Keyboard

Instrumental parts included: C Instrument, Oboe

Text Source: Ephrem the Syrian, 4th c.; Isaiah 40:8; Psalm 102:5

Series: Choral

Difficulty Level: E


This is a reflective piece to consider for later in the Palm Sunday liturgy. The refrain presents the image of children laying flowers before the King; the verses reflect on the vanity of life, but also on the constancy of the Word. The music seems to strike a happy medium between recalling the joyful procession and anticipating the doleful crucifixion.

Oboe or other C Instrument

Categories: Choral/Vocal

Seasonal: Lent

Liturgical: Palm Sunday, Palm Sunday B, Procession with Palms

Bible Reference: Isaiah 40:8, Psalm 102:5

Number of Pages: 8

Language: English

Format: Octavo

Suitable for Children: Yes