The Two Priests & Music and Drum

(2008)

"The Two Priests & Music and Drum" is a song from John Musto's song cycle The Book of Uncommon Prayer. The song combines two poems of Archibald MacLeish.

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The audio recording of "The Two Priests & Music and Drum," provided in the audio playlist to the right, is made possible through a collaboration between the Hampsong Foundation and SongFest. The performers are Katharine Dain, soprano, Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano, Stephen Ng, tenor, Neil Aronoff, bass-baritone, and Tomasz Lis, piano, and the performance took place at SongFest 2008 at Pepperdine University. To listen, please click on the track name itself.

The Two Priests
by Archibald MacLeish


Man in the West
Man in the East

Man lives best
Who loves life the least,
Says the Priest in the West.


Man in the flesh
Man in the ghost

Man lives best
Who fears death most,
Says the Priest in the East.


Man in the West
Man in the East
Man in the flesh
Man in the ghost

Man lives best
Who loves life most,
Who fears death least,
Says Man to the Priest
In the East, in the West.


Audio PLaylist