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Is a Murmuring Dove Nearby

Composer David Ashley White
Text Richard Leach
Voicing
SATB and organ
Church Season Christmas
Length
3' 00" Price $1.95 (U.S.) Released 7/99
Catalog no. 405-251 Difficulty Moderately easy

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Dedicated to Richard Leach, the poet who crafted the text, this simple yet attractive Christmas anthem celebrates Christ's nativity as it foreshadows his life, ministry, sacrifice, and resurrection. A truly meaningful addition to a Christmas Eve service or a Festival of Lessons and Carols.

Anthem text
Is a murmuring dove nearby as you sleep upon the hay?--
like the dove that you will see coming down from parting skies.
That day is far away, O child upon the hay,
but in the stable I can hear a murmuring dove.

Is a donkey standing near as you sleep upon the hay?--
like the donkey you will ride through the cheering pilgrim throng.
That day is far away, O child upon the hay,
but in the stable I can see a donkey stand.

Are the shadows deep and dark as you sleep upon the hay?--
like the darkness that will fall though the sun is overhead.
That day is far away, O child upon the hay,
but in the stable I can see the shadows dark.

Does the morning sun break in as you sleep upon the hay?--
like the sun of early dawn that reveals an empty tomb.
That day is far away, O child upon the hay,
but in the stable I can see the morning sun.

-Richard Leach.
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