Go to the Child (Geoff Allan)

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  • (Posted 2019-12-18)  CPDL #56338:      Icon_mp3.gif  
Editor: Geoff Allan (submitted 2019-12-18).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 153 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Go to the Child
Composer: Geoff Allan
Lyricist: Imtiaz Dharkercreate page

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarolChristmas

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2019

Description: Setting for SATB choir of a most beautiful poem by Imtiaz Dharker. Written originally for the BBC Carol competition 2019. First performance by Sturminster Newton Choral Society at a concert given on 7th December 2019.

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Original text and translations

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Go to the Child
Author : Imtiaz Dharker

Rise and go on a bitter night
when hope lies frozen in the ground,
hushed and hid-den out of sight,
no living thing for miles around.

Even though the tears of the earth
have turned to crystal, rise.
Take the road that leads to a birth.
An infant calls and the heart re-plies.

See in the eyes a blazing star,
a spark of something new-ly born,
feet already walking on air,
holding a lifeline in the palm.

When at last you see the face
and feel on your cheek the baby’s breath;
when you have known the grace
of a beginning, being blessed,

look up at the hungry bowl of the sky
and empty your pockets to fill it,
see where the water is ri-sing
and lift your hands to still it,

turn to a world that is still unborn
and raise your voice to sing it,
go to the child who is not your own
and open your heart to save it.

See in the eyes a blazing star,
a spark of something newly born,
feet already wal-king on air,
holding a lifeline in the palm.