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Poet:  John Donne (c.1572-1631)

Source:  The Holy Sonnets of John Donne

Date of Composition: 1945 (Aug. 14)

Publication:  Boosey & Hawkes, 1946

Voice Difficulty Level: Difficult

Subject: If this is the end, give me the mind of Christ.

Range:  D4 – Bb5

Tessitura:  Gb4 – E5

Tempo: Alla marcia moderato; 4/4

Duration:  02:54

Vocal Characteristics: Independent vocal line; short, 2-3 ms. phrases; chromatic, melismatic passage; otherwise, syllabic setting of text

Piano Difficulty Level: Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Parallel lines between hands at times; running sextuplet figures in both hands; left hand punctuates florid right hand lines with stacatto chords

Additional Comments: Numerical tempo indication is not in the manuscript; manuscript indicates the duration as 2:40

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