Dietrich Buxtehude’s adaptation of a medieval hymn, itself the fruit of devotional meditation on Scripture, invites us with its exquisite beauty to contemplate the good tidings of our salvation, and the manner in which it has been given to us.
Behold the feet with which our Savior walked to our rescue; the knees upon which he prayed for us; the side from which he poured forth our sacramental salves; the breast upon which he bids us reset our heads; the heart with which he loves us; and the face with which he longs to gaze upon us for all eternity!
My favorite recording is by Ricercar Consort (CD, download). This live performance by Schola Cantorum Basiliensis is also superb, and the inclusion of English subtitles makes it an excellent way to follow the spiritual meaning:
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