One of our Renaissance favorites! The original is for alto solo (male), viol consort (or organ), and five part chorus. But now we have an SAB version with medium voice solo that really works! This piece is not difficult, well worth the work, and a stunning example of the Renaissance verse anthem. Also available in our SATB version with tenor solo.
This is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? And he confessed and denied not, and said plainly, I am not the Christ.
And they asked him, "What art thou then? Art thou Elias?" And he said, "I am not."
"Art thou the prophet?" And he answered, "No."
Then said they unto him, "What art thou, that we may give an answer unto them that sent us? What sayest thou of thyself?" And he said, "I am the voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord."