My musick shall finde thee
The Composer as Theologian When Setting George Herbert’s Poetry
Keywords:Calvinism, theology, sacramental, poetry, Herbert, anthem, antiphon, Book of Common Prayer, psalms, Psalter, ecclesiology
In this essay, I accept scholarly assessments of the theology of Renaissance poet George Herbert (1593–1633) as high sacramental ecclesiology melded with Synod of Dort (1618–19) Calvinism (which I describe briefly). This given, I consider what theological messages we can expect to find in lyrics drawn from Herbert’s poetry. I make the point that music can amplify the meaning of a text. I then describe in depth the doctrine taught in three well-known poems when set as a choral anthem.
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