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As We Sing of Hope and Joy

A poetic chorale with engaging inner voices and a message of social justice.
Poet/Lyricist: 
Elizabeth Alexander

A thoughtful and poetic chorale, with engaging inner voices and a message of social justice.  Concluding with a melismatic “alleluia,” this song is appropriate for concert or worship settings.

Item Instrumentation/Voicing Duration Level Audio Peruse Delivery Method (Print vs. Digital) Price Quantity
SEA-008-02 SATB a cappella - Choral Score
3' ME Sheet Music $1.50
SEA-008-02DEL SATB a cappella - Choral Score
3' ME Licensed PDF $1.50

As We Sing of Hope and Joy

As we sing of hope and joy today,
Some know only anguish and despair.
How can we lift our voices in this way
While some have pain and misery to spare?

If a crumbling world we would renew,
We must sing no ordinary song.
Peals from a noisy gong will never do!
We must compose a love-song, warm and strong.

Let this song our greatest hopes contain:
Laughter of a well-fed child its tune,
Roofs over every heartbeat its refrain,
Its harmony from peaceful cities hewn.

Let this song our every footstep guide.
No mere clanging cymbals shall we be!
Under a stone our light we'll never hide,
Nor sing our holy psalms indifferently.

Sing of joy while hammering each nail!
Sing of hope while pulling every weed!
So shall we sing together and prevail:
May every Alleluia bear a seed.

Performers: 

Premiere: Choir of Unitarian Universalist Church of Middleboro / Jeanne Wolf-Gagne (Middleboro, MA)
Choir of Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church / Henry Sgrecci (Bethesda, MD)
Choir of Fairfax United Methodist Church / Jonathan Giblin (Fairfax, VA)
Choir of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rochester / Joe Mish (Rochester, MN)
Choir of First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco / Mark Sumner (San Francisco, CA)
Choir of Holton Valley Unitarian Universalist Church / Teresa Sandoval (Gray, TN)
Choir of Marquette Unitarian Universalist Church / Barbara Michaels (Marquette, MI)
Choir of UU Church of Richmond / Diane Woodruff (Richmond, VA)
Combined Unitarian Universalist Choirs of the Pacific Northwest. District Assembly (Fremont, CA)
Pacific Northwest UU Music Festival Choir / Elizabeth Alexander. Shorecrest Performing Arts Center (Shoreline, WA)

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