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As the Deer Longs for the Waterbrooks

Composer Jack Warren Burnam
Text Psalm 42:1-2, Psalm 84:5-6, Isaiah 12:2-3,
Psalm 27:11 (from Book of Common Prayer)
SATB and organ
Topics Longing, Love of God
Length Price
$2.25 (U.S.) Released 6/01
Catalog no. 410-851 Difficulty Mod. difficult

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"Finally, there is Jack Burnam's prize-winning entry in our own 2001 AAM Anthem constest: 'As the deer longs for the waterbrooks' puts me in similar constraints to my beginning with Tallis's 'In jejunio.' It would be as outrageously arrogant to critique our honorable judges' choice as it would be to tout our own prizewinner. What I can say is how immediately I came to treasure this piece and how quickly I would order it and put it into my choir's repertory!" --AAM Journal, December 2001

A dramatic setting of verses selected from the Psalms and Isaiah 12. The work begins gently, and gradually builds to a joyous climax before ending peacefully. A prizewinning anthem in the 2001 composition contest sponsored by the Anglican Musicians Foundation.

As the deer longs for the waterbrooks,
so longs my soul for you, O God.

My soul is athirst for God, athirst for the living God.
Those who go through the desolate valley will find it a place of springs,
for the early rains ahve covered it with pools of water.
They will climb from height to height,
and the God of gods will be revealed in Zion.

Surely, it is God who saves me;
I will trust in God and not be afraid.
For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense;
the Lord will be my Savior.
Therefore you shall draw water with rejoicing,
from the springs of salvation.

You speak in my heart and say, "seek my face."
Your face, Lord, will I seek.

--Psalm 42:1-2, Psalm 84:5-6, Isaiah 12:2-3,
Psalm 27:11 (from Book of Common Prayer)

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