startling paraphrase of this familiar passage (the message is
one we always need to hear), and Fedak has created a colorful,
lively, yet respectful setting of a Scottish tune. The folk origins
of the tune are in great evidence, and you will want to program
this anthem often.
Should I rehearse with human voice
the words which angels make their choice,
devoid of love, my song resounds,
magnificent but empty.
And should I preach with earnest tone
and know whatever can be known
and move the hills by faith alone
if I lack love I'm nothing.
In love is patience always found,
for love kind hearts make common ground,
from love, conceit and pride take flight
and jealousy is banished.
Love keeps no score of what's gone wrong
nor sings a pessimistic song
nor lets regret or guilt prolong,
for love expects tomorrow.
Let strange and startling language cease,
let tongues their ecstasy release,
let knowledge come and go in peace
these things are not eternal.
For all the thought and skill we show
are but a stage through which we grow
till, face to face with God, we'll know
that love which lasts forever.
Text: 1 Corinthians 13, para. John Bell.
© 1988 Iona Community (Scotland). Used by permission
of G.I.A. Publications, Inc.