John Tavener (1944 – 2013): Moth­er of God

Tavener’s sett­ing of Ler­montov’s "Moth­er of God" sung here by VOCES8. Enjoy :-).

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John Tavener (1944 – 2013): Moth­er of God

Moth­er of God, here I stand now pray­ing,
Be­fore this icon of your radiant bright­ness,
Not pray­ing to be saved from a battlefield,
Not giv­ing thanks, nor seek­ing for­give­ness
For the sins of my soul, nor for all the souls.
Numb, joyless and de­solate on earth,
But for her alone, whom I whol­ly give you

Performers: VOCES8

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