Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive
Composer David Ashley White Text Rosamond E. Herklots
Voicing Two-part choir and keyboard
Church Season Lent Topics Christian Life, Repentance
Length 2' 00" Price $1.65 (U.S.) Released 6/98
Catalog no. 410-611 Difficulty Moderately easy
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"Alongside it in worth is David Ashley White's tribute to Sam Batt Owens, a hymn anthem on Rosamond Herklot's "Forgive our sins" to the Kentucky Harmony tune DETROIT. Text, tune, and Sam Batt are remarkably served, and the combination is powerful. This would be arich addition to the repertory of any youth choir, and even adult choirs who normally consider themselves a cut above hymn anthems would be enriched by this most excellent piece." -Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians, December 1998
"David Ashley White has created a two-part setting of DETROIT in 'Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive" (Selah 410-611). The keyboard accompaniment provides a descant for the first stanza, while the second stanza has one part singing the melody and the other part a counter melody. The piece ends mostly in unison, with just a bit of imitation" -The Hymn, July 1999
Description David Ashley White has composed this satisfying and eminently practical setting of the early American tune DETROIT. The two-part choral writing is singable by treble, male, or mixed voices, and the penitential text will fit many situations. Use as a Kyrie, a response to the Lord's Prayer, or during the Lenten season.
"Forgive our sins as we forgive" you taught us, Lord, to pray;
but you alone can grant us grace to live the words we say.
How can your pardon reach and bless the unforgiving heart
that broods on wrongs and will not let old bitterness depart?
In blazing light your cross reveals the truth we dimly knew,
what trivial debts are owed to us, how great our debt to you.
Lord, clease the depths within our souls and bid resentment cease.
Then, bound to all in bonds of love, our lives will spread your peace.
-Rosamond E. Herklots