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Wherewith shall I come?

Wherewith shall I come?

Introduction

John Michael Murray was one of my chess pupils. At the age of 15 he died in an accident at his home. He was a member of a very special family, as testified by this obituary in the Times Educational Supplement (Scotland).

One of the readings at his funeral was the much‐loved text of Micah 6:6–8. In the days after the funeral I composed a short anthem in his memory on the words of that reading. It was graciously received by his family.

Audio

This is a synthesised rendering of the anthem.

Words

Wherewith (shall I come) before the Lord?
Wherewith (shall I come) before the Lord,
And bow myself before the high God?
(Repeat)
Shall I come before him…
(Bass) …with burnt offerings? (Other parts) …with calves of a year old?
Will the Lord be pleasèd (with thousands of rams, or) with ten thousands of rivers of oil?
Shall I give my first‐born for my transgression,
The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
He hath shewed (thee, O man,) what is good;
And what doth the Lord require of thee,
But to do justly,
And to love mercy,
And to walk humbly with thy God?

Printed score

Here is the printed score.