Wedding Music

Though I speak

A traditional church anthem

Full Title Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels – Sir Edward Cuthbert Bairstow (1874 – 1946)

Notes A more traditional church anthem, first published in 1934. Written by E C Bairstow, then organist of York Minster. It sets words from the bible that are often read at weddings.

Presiently, the tenor line is optional.

Duration 5 minutes 30 seconds

Performers required

  • Mixed Choir accompanied by Organ (the tenor part may be omitted)

Source of printed music Published by OUP.

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity,
I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy,
and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge;
And though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains,
and have not charity, I am nothing.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor,
and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity,
it profiteth me nothing.
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not;
charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail:

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face:
Now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
And now abideth faith, hope and charity, but the greatest of these is charity.

Text from Corinthians 8: 1-4, 7-9, 12 and 13

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