08. March 2015 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: Sunday Evening Music

Jean Mouton: Salva nos Domine vigilantes
University of North Texas Collegium Singers; Richard Sparks, Conductor

08. March 2015 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Sunday Morning Music

René Clausen: Communion
The Singers; Matthew Culloton, Artistic Director; Melissa Morey, French horn, Steve Swanson, Piano, Aaron David Miller, Organ

The text is from The Diary of an Old Soul by George MacDonald.

Here are just a few lines:

My soul breathes only in thy infinite soul;
I breathe, I think, I love, I live but thee.
Oh breathe, oh think,–O Love, live into me;
Unworthy is my life till all divine,
Till thou see in me only what is thine.

There are other lines in MacDonald’s work that just hit my soul. (I don’t fully agree with his theology, but these lines … ahhh …):

Were there but some deep, holy spell, whereby
Always I should remember thee–some mode
Of feeling the pure heat-throb momently
Of the spirit-fire still uttering this I!–
Lord, see thou to it, take thou remembrance’ load:
Only when I bethink me can I cry;
Remember thou, and prick me with love’s goad.

… and …

When I no more can stir my soul to move,
And life is but the ashes of a fire;
When I can but remember that my heart
Once used to live and love, long and aspire,–
Oh, be thou then the first, the one thou art;
Be thou the calling, before all answering love,
And in me wake hope, fear, boundless desire.