Friday, October 19, 2012

The Lord's Prayer

Here's John Sheppard's "Lord's Prayer," English setting. This piece was composed in the 16th century and is performed here by Stile Antico in 2010.
I find it remarkable how fundamental beauty, like truth, is timeless. Maybe that's what John Keat's meant when, in the early 19th century, he wrote:
"When old age shall this generation waste,
Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe
Than ours, a friend to man, to whom thou say'st,
'Beauty is truth, truth beauty— that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.'"
Although I do have to admit, as I watch old reruns of MacGyver and am utterly bewildered by the use of shoulder pads, that styles certainly do change. Click here for Keat's complete work "Ode to a Grecian Urn." BTW, John Keats died at the age of 26. For reasons unknown, I've always pictured him as an wizened old man.

Suggested verse to repeat if it's a difficult day is from Psalm 96:6b 
PRC buddies, remember to breathe!
"Strength and beauty -------> 5 count inhale
are in God's sanctuary." -------> 5 count exhale

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