William P. Rowan
Text Brian Wren
Voicing SATB, organ, opt. cong.
Lectionary usage Advent
Topics Advent, Alleluias, Eternal Life, Funeral, Hope, New Heaven and Earth, Resurrection, Social Justice
Price $2.25 (U.S.)
Length 3' 50" Released 1/19
Catalog no. 405-170
Difficulty Mod. easy
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William P. Rowan has created a stirring anthem based on his popular hymn tune YOGANANDA, paired with Brian Wren’s striking text “When All Is Ended.” With its celebration of the risen Christ in triumph over trouble and adversity and Alleluias at the end of each verse, this is a particularly excellent anthem for Eastertide, though it is also suitable for the season of Advent other festive times of the year.
When all is ended, time and troubles past,
shall all be mended, sin and death out-cast?
In hope we sing, and hope to sing at last:
As in the night, when lightning flickers free,
and gives a glimpse of distant hill and tree,
each flash of good discloses what will be:
Against all hope, our weary times have known
wars ended, peace declared, compassion shown,
great days of freedom, tyrants overthrown:
Then do not cheat the poor, who long for bread,
with dream-worlds in the sky or in the head,
but sing of slaves set free, and children fed:
With earthy faith we sing a song of heaven:
all life fulfilled, all loved, all wrong forgiven.
Christ is our sign of hope, for Christ is risen:
With all creation, pain and anger past,
evil exhausted, love supreme at last,
alive in God, we’ll sing an unsurpassed
--Brian Wren, 1988. © 1989 Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission.