The Windows
Alan Lewis

Composer Alan Lewis
Text George Herbert
Voicing SATB, a capella
Price $1.75 (U.S.)
Released 6/10
Catalog no. 418-618 Difficulty Mod. easy

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The initial stanza of a George Herbert poem serves as the text for Alan Lewis's beautifully expressive motet. Herbert's words acknowledge that God can be glorified even through imperfect human beings. Each section of the brief work begins with a phrase for the tenor section alone. The motet was originally composed for the "Music & Architecture" series at Calvary Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Windows

Lord, how can man preach thy eternal Word?
He is a brittle crazie glasse:
Yet in thy temple thou dost him afford
this glorious and transcendent place
to be a window, through thy grace.

--George Herbert


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