Composer David Ashley White
Text Richard Leach
Voicing Unison/two-part, organ, opt. cong.
Topic Praise and Adoration
Price $2.00 (U.S.)
Length 1' 15" Released 4/17
Catalog no. 415-927
Difficulty Mod. easy
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God your glory fills the earth,
with a shining like the sun,
brighter than the eye can bear,
known by what it shows to us.
Sin has no gleam in your light;
faith and hope and love are bright.
God whose glory fills the earth,
may the church that you have made patch and mend, with threads of gold,
fabrics that are dull and frayed.
Gold has no light of its own;
so we shine, by you alone.
© 2002 Selah Publishing Co., Inc.
Taken from David Ashley White’s extended anthem for the 2016 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists, this original hymn-like setting employs a text by Richard Leach that celebrates God’s glory filling the earth. Set to broad, stirring music, the anthem is suitable for choir or congregation.
"White's piece is for unison voices with optional descant, with a soaring melody. Continuous meter changes feel quite natural, serving to underscore the text. There are two stanzas, the first for unison choir and the second for choir plus optional congregation and descant. Throughout, the organ plays a featured role, not surprising since this anthem is taken from a larger work, "With a Shining Like the Sun," commissioned for the AGO 2016 National Convention. While useful for choirs with limited resources, the organ part and optional congregational participation will make this piece an appealing one to larger choirs as well. Suitable for general use, Epiphany, and whenever the focus is on creation." --Cross Accent, Fall/Winter 2017