Though I speak with the tongues of men (Edward Bairstow)
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Title: Though I speak with the tongues of men
Composer: Edward Bairstow
Source of text: 1 Corinthians 13:1-4, 7-8, 12-13
First published: 1934
Original text and translations
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; And though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: Now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13 And now abideth faith, hope and charity, but the greatest of these is charity.