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Bach's beautiful prayer for the Church

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, first performed 2nd December 1714.

The Tenor Aria:

Komm, Jesu, komm zu deiner Kirche   Come, Jesus, come to your church
Und gib ein selig neues Jahr!   
and grant us a blessed new year!
Befördre deines Namens Ehre,   
Increase the honour of your name,
Erhalte die gesunde Lehre   
Preserve sound teaching
Und segne Kanzel und Altar!   
and bless pulpit and altar!

Chavagnes Summer 2018 Conference highlights

'Tis the season to be merry!

A wise friend just wrote: "I know I'm in the minority here but every year around this time of year I dread the onslaught of posts about Christmas trees "being up too early" or Christmas carols being "played too early." Then too about Christmas trees being "down too early" or carols "stopped too early." It seems to me that in reacting to one extreme people have created another."
Yes, Scrooge lives on, despite all the ghosts who came to visit him ...
The liturgy is saner on the question : we sing the same Marian antiphon, focused on the Christmas message, through Advent right up until Candlemas. And Advent moves steadily foward to anticipation of the Nativity, like a mad hand-to-hand dance, with no-one sure when it starts or stops.

From the 17th December, the O antiphons ask the Saviour to come, but the 8th December also lays the ground for the mystery of the Incarnation .. and of course St Nicholas, in medieval tradition, marks the…

Catching up with Custance

For the latest of my researches on Olive Custance, a forgotten Victorian/Edwardian poet, check out

Yes, Edwin King is my literary pseudonym.

Latest promo video from Chavagnes

Homer, Euclid and the Ancient Greeks in general ... Useful lectures

Here are some links intended for my students. They are very useful episodes of the BBC series In Our Time, dealing with the achievement of the Ancient Greeks.

The Oddysey
The Iliad
Euclid's Elements
The Oresteia
The Greek Myths

Various episodes on Ancient Greece:

And here is a classical joke for you: 

A classics professor goes to a tailor to get his trousers mended. The tailor asks: “Euripides?” The professor replies: “Yes. Eumenides?”