New Piece – The Pure River Flows

I’ve been working on a new piece commissioned by Chris Crook at Saint Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Dallas.  I’m very happy with the way it turned out and can’t wait to hear them sing this!  More details to come.  Here’s the first page, although it doesn’t given any hint as to how wild the organ gets at the end:

And the text again:

We know not a voice of that River,
If vocal or silent it be,
Where for ever and ever and ever
It flows to no sea.

More deep than the seas is that River,
More full than their manifold tides,
Where for ever and ever and ever
It flows and abides.

Pure gold is the bed of that River
(The gold of that land is the best),
Where for ever and ever and ever
It flows on at rest.

Oh goodly the banks of that River,
Oh goodly the fruits that they bear,
Where for ever and ever and ever
It flows and is fair.

For lo! on each bank of that River
The Tree of Life life-giving grows,
Where for ever and ever and ever
The Pure River flows.

– Christina Rossetti

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