Commissioned by the Friends of Lincoln Cathedral to celebrate the completion of the restoration of the Dean’s Eye window
The Windows was commissioned by Lincoln Cathedral to celebrate the unveiling of the restored Dean’s Eye Window. Setting a text by George Herbert (1593 – 1633), onetime Canon of Lincoln, it was premièred in 2006 by the Cathedral Choir under the direction of Aric Prentice.
The second soprano part is optional and, if used, should be sung by an ensemble of singers positioned some distance from the main choir, in a gallery, for example, or offstage in a concert hall environment.
Lord, how can man preach thy eternall 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.
But when thou dost anneal in glasse thy storie,
Making thy life to shine within
The holy Preachers, then the light and glorie
More rev'rend grows, and more doth win:
Which else shows watrish, bleak and thin.
Doctrine and life, colours and light, in one
When they combine and mingle, bring
A strong regard and aw: but speech alone
Doth vanish like a flaring thing,
And in the eare, not conscience ring.
George Herbert (1593 – 1633)
New York, February 2006