See as they strip the robe (Mark Liversidge)
- (Posted 2014-03-08) CPDL #31438:
- Editor: Mark Liversidge (submitted 2014-03-08). Score information: A4, 3 pages, 56 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: Words by Malcolm Guite, taken from his book Sounding The Seasons: Seventy Sonnets for the Christian Year, published by Canterbury Press 2012 and used with permission. Original tune by Trevor Hill, arranged by Mark Liversidge. Trevor's original tune adjusted slightly, originally the sixth and seventh notes in each phrase were double their current length.
First published: 2014
Description: First performed at the end of a Good Friday service of words and music in 2013. Performed by the choir a cappella at the end of the service before leaving in silence. Requires four parts and a male and a female solo.
External websites: Sounding The Seasons available from Canterbury Press or from here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sounding-Seasons-Poetry-Christian-Year/dp/1848252749
Malcolm Guite: http://malcolmguite.wordpress.com
Original text and translations
The words are taken from the eleventh of fourteen sonnets forming a sequence of Stations Of The Cross.
See, as they strip the robe from off his back
And spread his arms and nail them to the cross,
The dark nails pierce him and the sky turns black,
And love is firmly fastened onto loss.
But here a pure change happens. On this tree
Loss becomes gain, death opens into birth.
Here wounding heals and fastening makes free
Earth breathes in heaven, heaven roots in earth.
And here we see the length, the breadth, the height
Where love and hatred meet and love stays true
Where sin meets grace and darkness turns to light
We see what love can bear and be and do,
And here our saviour calls us to his side
His love is free, his arms are open wide.