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The Last Commandment
Music: George Frideric Handel
Northumbrian poet Cynewulf imagines the farewell between Jesus and his Apostles, forty days after his resurrection.

“BE glad of heart! Never shall I wander; my love shall follow you unceasingly. My might I give you, and I am with you always, even unto the end, that through my gift none shall ever lack God.”

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Among. Between.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Comfort. Gift. Lack.

Use together in one sentence: Turn. Shall. Always.

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Crayke Abbey
Music: Sir William Sterndale Bennett
The long-lost monastery at Crayke in North Yorkshire was home to two saints with different but equally valuable gifts.

WHEN St Cuthbert was consecrated bishop of Lindisfarne in 685, King Ecgfrith of Northumbria gave him an estate at Crayke, some twelve miles north of York, as a place to stay on his journeys to the capital. Cuthbert at once founded a monastery there, and appointed the first abbot.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Who. Which. That.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Visit. Place. Gift.

Use together in one sentence: Capital. Visit. Man.

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The Six Leaps of Faith
Music: Charles Villiers Stanford
The eighth-century English bishop and poet Cynewulf explores a prophecy from the Song of Solomon.

WHEN first he leapt, he lighted on a woman, an untouched maid; and human form he took there (though without sin) that he might be Comforter to all that dwell on earth.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Feast. Feat. Fast.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Spirit. Leave. Cross.

Use together in one sentence: Devil. Without. Hell.

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At Heaven’s Gate
Music: George Frideric Handel
The eighth-century English bishop and poet Cynewulf takes us to the threshold of God’s holy city, and gives us a choice.

OPEN, ye gates! Creation’s King would enter his citadel, would lead into the joy of joys a people (they are no small company) snatched from the devil by his Victory. Affinity shall angels and men have for ever after.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Until. By.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Man. Hate. Hope.

Use together in one sentence: Glory. Disgrace. Between.

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Annunciation
Music: Pavel Chesnokov
Cynewulf reflects on the mystery of the appearance of the angel Gabriel to Mary.

YOUNG was the woman,
an untouched maid, he took for mother;
it was with no man’s caresses of love
that the bride grew great with child.
Never then, nor since, in this world
was any woman’s reward its equal;
it was Mystery, the Master’s secret.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Angel. Angle.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Hope. Spirit. Make.

Use together in one sentence: Endless. Great. Joy.

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St Chad and the Invisible Choir
Music: George Frideric Handel
Chad, the seventh-century Bishop of Mercia, seemed to be making a lot of music for one man.

BROTHER Owen was busy digging near Chad’s private oratory, when he heard the sound of many voices singing. That puzzled him: the Abbot, he knew, was praying alone, and everyone else away on errands. Moreover, the sound was coming from across fields to the southeast.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Through. Thorough.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Hand. Return. Watch.

Use together in one sentence: Departed. Brother. Take.

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