People Look East (Long version)

Scored for: An advent chorus for SATB & organ, brass and optional percussion
Level: Medium
Duration: 4 mins

Other Info: People Look East was commissioned by Wells Cathedral School Foundation for the 1100th Anniversary of the School founded in AD 909, with a generous donation by Richard Lambert, Old Wellensian 1966 –1973. The chorus is a setting of words by  Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965) and was first performed at the Wells Cathedral School Advent Carol Service on 7 December 2014.

Two versions exist of this piece - this original longer version and

People Look East (Shorter version): 2 minute version which could be used as an Antiphon.

Instrumental parts: hn, 2 trpt, trbn, tuba, timp, perc, org

 

People, look east. The time is near
Of the crowning of the year.
Make your house fair as you are able,
Trim the hearth and set the table.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the guest, is on the way.

Furrows, be glad. Though earth is bare,
One more seed is planted there:
Give up your strength the seed to nourish,
That in course the flower may flourish.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the rose, is on the way.

Birds, though you long have ceased to build,
Guard the nest that must be filled.
Even the hour when wings are frozen
God for fledging time has chosen.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the bird, is on the way.

Stars, keep the watch. When night is dim
One more light the bowl shall brim,
Shining beyond the frosty weather,
Bright as sun and moon together.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the star, is on the way.

Angels, announce with shouts of mirth
Christ who brings new life to earth.
Set every peak and valley humming
With the word, the Lord is coming.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the Lord, is on the way.

 

 

 

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