We raise our branches high today (Thurlow Weed)
- Editor: Thurlow Weed (submitted 2015-01-14). Score information: Letter, 1 page, 21 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: The name of the tune (Pluritham) is an anagram of "triumphal."
Title: We raise our branches high today
Composer: Thurlow Weed
Lyricist: Michael Hudson
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred, Hymn for Palm Sunday Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)
First published: 2015
Original text and translations
1. We raise our branches high today
to sign Hosanna and to warn:
The hands that wield a waving branch
may also weave a crown of thorns.
2. We sing exultant songs today,
yet singing we remember this:
The lips that bring the sweetest praise
may also bear the sharpest kiss.
3. We greet a golden dawn today
and marvel as the darkness grows
that even stalwart confidence
may fail before the rooster crows.
4. And so our hearts are shaped today
by palms, a kiss, a friend's denial,
to hold the very simple prayer --
God, save us from the time of trial.
From Songs for the Cycle ©2004 by Michael Hudson.
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