Like the Murmur of the Dove's Song Peter Cutts

Composer Peter Cutts
Text Carl P. Daw, Jr.
Voicing SATB and organ
Church Season Pentecost
Length 2' 00" Price $1.95 (U.S.)
Released 7/99
Catalog no. 405-664
Difficulty Mod. easy

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Finally! At long last, Peter Cutts has produced a hymn-anthem based on his well-known and much-beloved hymntune Bridegroom. He has paired it here with the equally well-known and beloved Pentecost text by Carl Daw, a pairing found in most hymnals today. This can be considered the definitive treatment of the tune, and should be in the music library of every church.

Like the murmur of the dove's song,
like the challenge of her flight,
like the vigor of the wind's rush,
like the new flame's eager might:
Come, Holy Spirit, come.

To the members of Christ's body,
to the branches of the Vine,
to the Church in faith assembled,
to our midst as gift and sign:
Come, Holy Spirit, come.

With the healing of division,
with the ceaseless voice of prayer,
with the power to love and witness,
with the peace beyond compare:
Come, Holy Spirit, come.

--Carl P. Daw, Jr., 1982.
©1982 Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, Ill. 60188 (for permission to reprint this text contact Hope at All rights reserved.


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"Here is an opportunity to experience a composer's concept of his own hymn tune. Cutts's many tunes appear in several major denominational hymnals, but none is as familiar as the melody of this setting, BRIDEGROOM. Many hymnals pair the tune with the marriage text 'May love be ours, O Lord,' but it is a better fit with this Pentecost text of Carl P. Daw, Jr. The refrain 'Come, Holy Spirit, come,' captures an almost unutterable yearning for the Spirit. The setting is pitched a step higher than most hymnals and soars gratefully as a result. Recommended." --Cross Accent, Spring 2000

"I am not sure what to make of Peter Cutts' and Selah's hymn anthem on the familiar material of Peter's BRIDEGROOM tune to Carl Daw's 'Like the Murmur of the Dove's Song.' On the one hand, it is lovely to have Peter's beautifully realized keyboard harmonization: if this doesn't give enough evidence to stop those overly-enthusiastic quarter-note-beaters among us, we may have to take sterner measures! But on the other hand, I love this so much as a hymn, it is hard to approve it as an anthem. Perhaps the best of all worlds would be to use it during Communion, when the congregation could also participate." --AAM Journal, March 2002


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