Thomas P. Gouin
Voicing SATB, a cappella
Church Season Lent, Good Friday
Price $1.15 (U.S.)
Length Released 1/99
Catalog no. 405-431
Difficulty Mod. easy
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Stark, unaccompanied choral writing makes this a poignant and affecting work for Good Friday. Yet it is not at all difficult: the choir sings in unison and two-part textures till the final page. Ideal for smaller choirs, or those learning to sing well a cappella.
I see my Jesus crucified,
his wounded hands and feet and side,
his sacred flesh all rent and torn,
his bloody crown of sharpest thorn.
Those cruel nails, I drove them in,
each time I pierced him with my sin;
that crown of thorns 'twas I who wove,
when I despised his gracious love.
Then to those feet I'll venture near,
and wash them with a contrite tear,
and every bleeding wound I see,
I’ll think he bore them all for me.
Deep graven on my sinful heart,
Oh never may that form depart,
that with me always may abide
the thought of Jesus crucified.
"This traditional spiritual is arranged for SATB a cappella choir. It has four verses, mostly of simple musical construction. The first is unison. The second and third are two-part, the second being arranged for women and the third arranged for men. The final verse is for SATB." --The Hymn, January 2001