Stable- Lamp is Lighted

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Year:2010
Pages:56
ISBN:0-7734-3650-2
978-0-7734-3650-3
Price:59.95
Richard Wilbur’s lyric “A Stable-Lamp is Lighted,” originally written to be sung chorally at a candlelight service at Wesleyan University in 1958, is both a much admired poem sung by church choirs in Advent and Christmas concerts and a successful hymn text. Wilbur’s text combines the attributes of a text for congregational and choral singing with those of a Modernist poem.

Reviews

“[The author] shares with those who wish to follow his own transcendent pursuits into metaphysical levels, helping us to make our own discoveries within the art, the poetry, the beauty in Wilbur’s writing.” – Mary Louise VanDyke, Editor, Dictionary of American Hymnology Project

“I read [this book] with great interest, and this for several reasons: Wilbur's now well-known text is unusual among hymns, both in its poetic merit and its engagement of a shadow side to the Incarnation; literary studies of hymns are rare; and Pierce's approach is richly dynamic, seeing interpretation as an open-ended process, rather than a closed set of answers.” – Prof. Steven Plank, Oberlin College

Table of Contents

Dedication
Preface
Introduction
Poemweb Page
Chapter 1 Music
Chapter 2
Biography
Chapter 3
Hymnody
Chapter 4
Performance
Chapter 5
Sound and Form
Chapter 6
Biblical Sources
Chapter 7
Language and Imagery
Chapter 8
Bibliography
Index