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
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
This is a synthesised rendering of the anthem.
Wherewith (shall I come) before the Lord?
Wherewith (shall I come) before the Lord,
And bow myself before the high God?
Shall I come before him…
(Bass) …with burnt offerings? (Other parts) …with calves of a
Will the Lord be pleasèd (with thousands of
rams,or) with ten thousands of rivers of oil?