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Christmas 2014


My musical setting of a portion of a George Herbert poem: All After Pleasures As I Rid One Day

 
 The shepherds sing; and shall I silent be?
    My God, no hymne for thee?
My soul’s a shepherd too: a flock it feeds
    Of thoughts, and words, and deeds.
The pasture is thy word; the streams, thy grace
    Enriching all the place.
Shepherd and flock shall sing, and all my powers
    Out-sing the day-light houres.
Then we will chide the sunne for letting night
    Take up his place and right:
We sing one common Lord; wherefore he should
    Himself the candle hold.
 


Christmas 2013


My musical setting for voices, of a Thomas Hardy poem:

 
 The Oxen
  

Christmas Eve, and twelve of the clock.
“Now they are all on their knees,”
An elder said as we sat in a flock
By the embers in hearthside ease.

We pictured the meek mild creatures where
They dwelt in their strawy pen,
Nor did it occur to one of us there
To doubt they were kneeling then.

So fair a fancy few would weave
In these years! Yet, I feel,
If someone said on Christmas Eve,
“Come; see the oxen kneel,

“In the lonely barton by yonder coomb
Our childhood used to know,”
I should go with him in the gloom,
Hoping it might be so.
 



What is the difference between Christianity and Churchianity? How do you describe the difference? (Ask your local religious official to explain..)


Is Christianity at large (i.e. its major groupings..) like a dysfunctional family, whose members would each rather not, officially/unofficially, recognize the existence/importance of other members..?


A five page pdf on the subject of Anathema in the Septuagint
A six page pdf on the subject of Anathema in the New Testament
A three page pdf on the word Cheirographon in Colossians