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Arlen Clarke Love Bade Me Welcome

Categories
Anthems, Communion Anthems, Evening Service
Instrument(s)
Organ
Voicing
SATB
Original Publication
So, You Have a Cathedral Choir!
Difficulty
Moderate
Suggested Uses(s)
Description

SATB Choir and Organ, some divisi. An exquisite setting of the George Herbert (1593-1633) poem. Not especially difficult and immensely satisfying to teach, to learn, and to sing. Perfect for communion anytime of year. You will love this!

Love bade me welcome, yet my soul drew back,
Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-ey'd Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning
If I lack'd anything.

"A guest," I answer'd, "worthy to be here";
Love said, "You shall be he."
"I, the unkind, the ungrateful? ah my dear,
I cannot look on thee."
Love took my hand and smiling did reply,
"Who made the eyes but I?"

"Truth, Lord, but I have marr'd them; let my shame
Go where it doth deserve."
"And know you not," says Love, "who bore the blame?"
"My dear, then I will serve."
"You must sit down," says Love, "and taste my meat."
So I did sit and eat.

Contact

Mark Schweizer
P.O. Box 249
Tryon, North Carolina 28782
Phone 828.859.0323
Toll Free 877.822.0304

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