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Composer Jonathon Roberts weaves together some of Apostle Paul's famous verses on love as part of a theatrical response to the life of Apostle Paul.

VIEW SCORE for Voice and Saxophone Quartet

How Beautiful
Lyrics and references

How beautiful are your feet my love. How beautiful. How beautiful.  
How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.
(Romans 10:15, Isaiah 52:7)

And now I will show you the most excellent way. (1 Corinthians 12:31)
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels,
but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or clanging cymbal.
If I can fathom all mysteries, if I have a faith that can move mountains,
but have not love, I am nothing.  
If I surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing, nothing.

Love is not self-seeking.  Love is not self-seeking.  The whole creation is groaning (Romans 8:22), Love is not self-seeking.

In love, every supporting ligament. 
Every supporting ligament grows and builds itself up in love
Every supporting ligament.
I know your every supporting ligament. (Ephesians 4:16)
And I know you shine like a star in the universe. (Philippians 2:15)
And I know that darkness best draws men to the light. 
And I know that you are the lovely seal upon my heart. (Song of Songs 8:6)

Jonathon Roberts
Saxophone Quartet
Chris Clouthier, Allison Davis, Mark Determan, Kim Reece
Artist Location


1 Corinthians 12:31–13: 7

31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor , and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Ephesians 4:16

16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Romans 10:15

15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

Isaiah 52:7

7 ¶ How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!

Romans 8:22

22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

Philippians 2:15

15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

Jonathon Roberts

Jonathon Roberts

From the Artist

This work for voice and saxophone quartet is a key moment in the theatrical production of Project Paul, a response to the life and writings of the Apostle Paul. It weaves together several of Paul's fascinating concepts, "How beautiful are the feet of those that bring good news" (from Isaiah, but quoted by Paul in Romans), "every supporting ligament grows and builds itself up in love" from Ephesians, Paul's most famous expression of love from 1 Corinthians 13, and several more.


Jonathon Roberts is a composer and sound designer for games, film, theatre, and ensembles. His style grew out of classical and jazz training, and evolved through quality life adventures: touring the country in an RV with a one person theater piece on the Apostle Paul, living in Brooklyn with an improv music ensemble, performing in a downtown NYC absurdist comedy band, and a long stint writing music for the renowned slot machine company, High 5 Games. He has released four albums including the latest, Cities a song cycle personifying biblical cities. He created the popular podcast/web series ComposerDad Vs. Bible, in which ComposerDad accepts intense compositional challenges from a mysterious Bible while out with his kids. He frequently collaborates on music and theater projects with his wife, actor Emily Clare Zempel. They live in Beacon, NY, with their two boys and a tangled box of electrical cords.


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