Wayfaring (Paul Merkus)

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  • (Posted 2022-03-27)  CPDL #68577:           
Editor: Paul Merkus (submitted 2022-03-27).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 131 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
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General Information

Title: Wayfaring
Composer: Paul Merkus
Lyricist: Manja Geijselcreate page
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularMotet

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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Description: “Wayfaring" means something like "travel on foot" and tells about the phenomenon that you think you have one last piece to climb, but then it turns out that the top is a little further: ups and downs that belong to the climb, to the being on the road, as a metaphor for the ups-and-downs in life And when you have finally reached your goal, you may find - however fulfilled - that your ultimate goal is not the top, but 'being on the road' .

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Original text and translations

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Finding one’s way, eager to go
Height after height, hills after hills; setting forth, raring to grow
Time flows, fades away; radiant moment, filled with joy

When pretend you’ve reached your goal, clamber changes to descend
Your resilience is what you know to restrain and to prevent
Furrows instigate your strength; rambling on no courage bent, for

Hope is empty without risks; thwarted paths leave you to wish for
flow without falls and walks follow crawls, sights without sighs, gently
moving on along the road; no urge but a meekly forebode

Then pretend you’ve reached at last just a glimpse of future’s past
Oppose to invigorate and relapse to elevate
All that was strained is all that is gained and will shape the frames of faith

Finally, comer he, expanded view that passes through
Then new winds refresh your sense; if accomplished you commence
to pursue as reason why: mindful passing by…