Beneath a dark familiar sky (Thurlow Weed)

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  • (Posted 2014-12-09)  CPDL #33620:       
Editor: Thurlow Weed (submitted 2014-12-09).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 24 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Beneath a dark familiar sky
Composer: Thurlow Weed
Lyricist: Michael Hudson

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn for Christmas, Sundays after Christmas   Meter: 86. 86. D (C.M.D.)

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 2014
Description: First Sunday after Christmas, Year A

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Original text and translations

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1. Beneath a dark familiar sky the silent air was stirred;
a sudden rush like many wings announced a startling word:
a word more distant than the stars above the stony ground,
and closer than the beating hearts that marked the sudden sound.

2. The shepherds rose to face the sky, then turned and fell face down;
this night it seemed that life itself was pressing toward the ground
to take, to hold, to celebrate the substance of the earth,
and gather all creation in a reconciling birth.

3. The stars aligned to point a path, the shepherds rose and ran,
swept up in an epiphany they longed to understand.
This longing also gathers us to rise and go with them,
and find our way among the ways that meet in Bethlehem.

From Songs for the Cycle ©2004 by Michael Hudson.
Church Publishing Incorporated. All rights reserved. Used by permission.