The Kingdom of Christ Compared to a Little Child
SATB Chorus with Baritone Solo, Oboe Solo and Organ Accompaniment
The text for this church anthem is drawn from one of a series of poetic paraphrases of Christian parables by the 18th-century poet, Christopher Smart. Scripturally, the parable in question appears in the New Testament Book of Luke – Chapter 18, vs. 15-17.
The music is tonal but chromatic, and features a flowing, lyrical style. The text is set homophonically, with occasional simple counterpoint in evidence. The baritone solo is unmingled with the choral voices during some passages, and joins the choral sound at other points. The solo oboe begins and ends the work, with underscoring by organ throughout.