Scored for: SATB a cappella
Duration: 4 minutes 15 seconds
Other Info: Encircled is an SATB a cappella setting of a poem by Catherine Lomas. It is a short, but intensely beautiful piece for unaccompanied choir. The musical setting was commissioned in 2014 by Julian Lomas, the poet's husband, to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary. It was first performed by Tenebrae and is featured on Lux et Veritas, an album of Will Todd choral music for the Signum Classics label.
Stillness interrupted, kneeling, waiting
For the coming of Your presence.
A melody drifts in, over, on the wind
Until the notes rise up in my very soul.
The eyes of my heart see You take Your place,
Encircling protection, hand in hand,
All Three in a holy dance, looking in
On me, guarded in divine safety.
Your steps quicken, my heart reaches out,
Open to Your indwelling as Your Unity cedes space
To this little one. You call me Your child, and
No longer kneeling, I join Your dance.
We are One.
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