David's Funeral Elegy for Jonathan

by Nathan and Gad
(Jerusalem, Israel)

Jonathan loved him as his own soul

Jonathan loved him as his own soul

"Thy glory, O Israel,
Is slain upon thy high places!
How are the mighty fallen!

Tell it not in Gath,

Publish it not in the streets of Ashkelon;

Lest the daughters
of the Philistines rejoice,

Lest the daughters
of the uncircumcised triumph.

Ye mountains of Gilboa,
let there be no dew
nor rain upon you,
Neither fields of offerings:

For there the shield of the mighty
was vilely cast away,
The shield of Saul,
as of one not anointed with oil.

From the blood of the slain,

From the fat of the mighty,

The bow of Jonathan turned not back,

And the sword of Saul returned not empty.

Saul and Jonathan were lovely
and pleasant in their lives,
And in their death
they were not divided;

They were swifter than eagles,

They were stronger than lions.

Ye daughters of Israel,

Weep over Saul,

Who clothed you in scarlet delicately,

Who put ornaments of gold
upon your apparel.

How are the mighty
fallen in the midst of the battle!

O Jonathan,

Slain upon thy high places,
I am distressed for thee,
my brother Jonathan:

Very pleasant hast thou been unto me:

Thy love to me was wonderful,

Passing the love of women.

How are the mighty fallen!

And the weapons of war perished!"
2 Samuel 1:19-27

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