Wednesday in the third week of Advent: This is the record of John

This isn’t, strictly speaking, poetry. So despite our little departure from Advent-fest 2010, I wanted to get in one last ditty having to do with John the Baptist. Of course, I’m referring to the brilliant verse anthem by Orlando Gibbons.

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? repeated x1) 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

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2 Responses

  1. Anne Marie says:

    By far one of my most favorite anthems. It is particularly beautiful when sung by a contralto. Not, perhaps, historically accurate, but lovely.

  2. Scott Gunn says:

    Yes, indeed.

    On a related note, I suspect we’d mostly be horrified to hear most Baroque or Renaissance music sung in truly “historically accurate” ways.