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Bright the Cloud

Composer David Ashley White
Text Carl P. Daw, Jr.
SATB, organ, opt. brass quartet, optional congregation
Topics Tranfiguration
2' 30" Price $1.95 (U.S.) Released 6/05
Catalog no. 415-804 Difficulty Moderately difficult
Other Editions 415-805 Conductor's Score/Inst. Parts $20.00

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In some lectionaries, the Feast of the Transfiguration is observed on August 6: the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. Carl Daw's text dramatically juxtaposes New Testament imagery with the brightness of the mushroom cloud, creating a powerful and unforgettable message: "All has changed." David Ashley White has captured the essence of the text in a strong, striding melody which forms the musical basis of this truly impressive work.

Anthem text
Bright the cloud and bright the glory
(brighter far than mere sun's rays)
opening the gates of heaven
to disciples' awe-struck gaze:
power past their senses' saving,
splendor too profound for praise.
All was changed, all was changed;
and they would never be the same.

Bright the cloud but dark the glory
wrought by human enterprise,
opening with awful terror
stark new worlds before our eyes:
power grasped but far from mastered,
knowledge keen but not yet wise.
all has changed; all has changed;
and we shall never be the same.

From the cloud and from the glory
human need brought Jesus down:
down to death, then from death rising
to receive a victor's crown.
Lead us, Christ, to prize compassion
more than might, wealth, or renown.
Help us change, help us change,
that we may never be the same.

--Carl P. Daw, Jr.
©1995 Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, Ill. 60188 (for permission to reprint this text contact Hope at All rights reserved.

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