Although I Speak With Angel's Tongue

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1 Although I speak with angel's tongue,
my faith, my knowledge all surpass,
but have no love, my gifts are vain
as clanging gong or blaring brass.

2 For love is patient, love is kind,
and never vain with boasting pride;
love bears all things, all things endures.
All things must end; love will abide.

3 For now we peer at darkened glass;
our visions end; our tongues all cease.
In part we know in part now see:
then we will see love face to face.

4 The gifts are many, the body one,
and into one are all baptized.
Beloved, share one heart, one mind,
one hope, one faith, one love in Christ.

Source: Evangelical Lutheran Worship #644

Author: Andrew Donaldson

Andrew Donaldson, a composer and church musician, grew up in northern Ontario, Canada. He attended Glendon College, York University in Toronto, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1974. He went on to study classical guitar performance at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, receiving its ARCT (Associate of Royal Conservatory Teachers) degree in 1979. Since then he has worked as a composer and performer in many contexts, in both French and English. Andrew co-edited the Book of Praise (1997), Presbyterian Church in Canada, with Donald Anderson. Their company, Binary Editions, continues to administer copyright for the PCC. In 2007 he was made a Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, by Knox College of the University of Toronto, for… Go to person page >

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First Line: Although I speak with angels' tongue
Title: Although I Speak With Angel's Tongue
Author: Andrew Donaldson
Language: English
Copyright: © 1995 Andrew Donaldson



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