|Composer David Ashley White
Author Richard Leach
Voicing SATB, organ
Topic Advent, Mary
Price $1.75 (U.S.) Released 6/11
Catalog no. 410-890 Difficulty Mod. easy
Blessed woman with a voice of joy--
blessed is the child that she will bear.
When the word of God is met by trust,
there is blessing, there are leaps of joy.
Blessed be the God of Israel,
who has looked with kindness on his own,
raising up a Savior sent for us;
now the prophets’ words have come to pass.
By the tender mercy of our God,
dawn will come and be more than the sun;
hope will break the night of deepest dark,
and our feet will walk the way of peace.
--Richard Leach, 1991. © 1991 Selah Publishing Co., Inc. www.selahpub.com All rights reserved.
Richard Leach’s Advent text celebrates that “dawn will come and be more than the sun”, and this anticipatory brightness is matched in David Ashley White’s musical setting. The short anthem provides several options for performance including either full SATB or the entire choir in unison, and the optional addition of congregation to the melody on the final verse.