Though I speak with the tongues of men and angels (Crys Armbrust)

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  • (Posted 2013-08-23)  CPDL #29936:     
Editor: Crys Armbrust (submitted 2013-08-23).   Score information: Letter, 21 pages, 1.39 MB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Festival setting for choir (with treble & tenor solos), organ and 2 French horns. Substitute Trumpet in C part included for Horn 1.

General Information

Title: Though I Speak With the Tongues of Men and Angels
Composer: Crys Armbrust

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, divisi with treble & tenor solos
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Mixed ensemble

First published: 2004
Description: Original setting of texts from 1 Corinthians 13: 1, 2, 7, 11, 12 & 8 (KJV) and Ecologue X (Vergil).

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Original text and translations

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Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels,
but have not love, I am a noisy gong, I am a clanging cymbal.
And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries,
all knowledge, and have faith, so as to remove mountains,
but have not love, I am nothing.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends.

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child,
but when I became a man, I put down childish things.
For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face:
Now I know in part; then shall I understand fully
even as I have been fully understood.
For prophecies, they pass away, tongues, they cease,
knowledge, it passes away. Love never ends.

Amor vincit omnia.