Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels…

by Alden Cole on March 16, 2014 · 0 comments

chancery italic calligraphy on vellum paper, 16″ x 14″ • collection of the artist $

1CorintiiansWPSpring 1963. Sunday thoughts from I Corinthians 13: 1-13. The only other survivor of the many assignments accomplished for calligraphy class freshman year is this text, rendered like yesterday’s featured artwork in chancery italic, one of the most lyrical of the many letter-faces, one I came to prefer as personal favorite, even more so than my previously beloved black-letter. The passage quoted from the New Testament was one I grew up with, learned virtually by heart in Sunday School as an adolescent. In those youthful years I heard countless sermons preached on this particular text by Paul the Apostle from his first letter to the Corinthians; a text well-known as The Love Chapter. These idealized concepts worked their way into, and left their mark on, my youthful consciousness, forming one of the core values in my evolving ethos: ‘And now abideth faith, hope charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”

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