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February 14, 2016

2016-02-14 Notes from the Bench

“The Invitation” by Richard Webster 

A commentary on this week’s music by Dr. James T. Gerber, Music Associate



Come ye hither all, whose taste is your waste;
Save your cost, and mend your fare.
God is here prepar’d and drest, and the feast,
God, in whom all dainties are.

Come ye hither all, whom wine doth define,
Naming you not to your good:
Weep what ye have done amisse, and drink this,
Which before ye drink is bloud.

Come ye hither all, whom pain doth arraigne,
Bringing all your sins to sight:
Taste and fear not: God is here in this cheer,
And on sinne doth cast the fright.

Come ye hither all, whom joy doth destroy,
While ye graze without your bounds:
Here is the joy that drowneth quite your delight,
As a flood the lower grounds.

Come ye hither all, whose love is your dove,
And exalts you to the skie:
Here is love, which having breath e’en in death,
After death can never die.

Lord I have invited all, and I shall
Still invite, still call to thee:
For it seems but just and right in my sight,
Where is all, there all should be.


“The Invitation” is a poem by the English poet, George Herbert (1593-1633) set to music by the American composer, Richard Webster (b. 1952). This work was commissioned by the 2012 Mississippi Conference on Church Music and Liturgy.


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