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Into the Woods My Master Went

Composer David Ashley White
Text Sidney Lanier (1842-1881)
Two-part mixed choir and keyboard
Topics Passion of Christ
2' 35" Price $1.65 (U.S.) Released 2/02
Catalog no. 405-477 Difficulty Mod. easy
Discography Praise the Spirit: Sacred Music of David Ashley White (Gothic Records, 520-254)

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"Finally, there is David Ashley White's beguiling carol, 'Into the woods my master went.' This is a very sophisticated setting, which sounds--for all the world--utterly simple. But that is the great test, isn't it? I won't point out the details of David's mastery; that will be an added incentive to buy and perform this great gem either as an anthem or at a Lenten Lessons and Carols Service." --AAM Journal, November 2002

Sidney Lanier's moving meditation on the passion of Christ receives a sympathetic treatment, in this two-part anthem by David Ashley White. The setting is straightforward, unpretentious, and therefore deeply moving.

Into the woods my Master went, clean forspent;
into the woods my Master came, forspent with love and shame.
But the olives they were not blind to him,
the little gray leaves were kind to him,
the thorn tree had a mind to him,
when into the woods he came.

Out of the woods my Master went, and he was well content;
out of the woods my Master came, content with death and shame.
When death and shame would wood him last,
from under the trees they drew him last,
'twas on a tree they slew him last,
when out of the woods he came.

--Sidney Lanier (1842-1881)
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