We raise our branches high today (Thurlow Weed)

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  • (Posted 2015-01-14)  CPDL #34323:       
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."

General Information

Title: We raise our branches high today
Composer: Thurlow Weed
Lyricist: Michael Hudson

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn for Palm Sunday   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 2015

External websites:

Original text and translations

English.png English text

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.
Church Publishing Incorporated. All rights reserved. Used by permission.