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Comissioned by Lunds vokalensemble
Lyrics from The Song of Solomon 8:6-7 and 1st Corinthians 13:7
This is a piece about love, from the old love poem from the Bible, the Song of Songs, but also connected to modern Christianity by the adding of the text from the First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians.
Perhaps this is a piece with hope for profound love, surrounded by warmth, but also the expressive passionate love, as well as the solemn, tender love.
First performed by Lunds Vokalensemble and Ingemar Mnsson, may 2005 in Aula Magna, Lund
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Lunds Vokalensemble, Ingemar Mnsson (cond.)
The Song of Solomon 8:6-7
(from the version by the British and Foreign Bible Society 1876)
Set me as a seal upon thine heart,
as a seal upon thine arm:
for love is strong as death;
jealouly is cruel as the grave:
the coals thereof are coals of fire which hath a most vehement flame.
Many waters cannot quench love,
neither can the floods drown it:
(if a man would give all the substance of his house for love,
it would utterly be contemned.)
[First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corithians 13:7]
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, enduerth all things.