(SATB & organ) [Advent]
Commissioned by the poet, Sandra Niles, for the choir of Christ Church, Westerly, Rhode Island. Her text, based on the sixth chapter of Isaiah, is a fresh interpretation of the Advent theme of waiting.
"Beautifully crafted...a delight." Sandra Niles, poet
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The people of the world confessed;
No Law makes way to happiness.
No strife in ages gone before
Brought lasting peace, and souls restored.
How long before the world can know
The end of Satan’s deadly woe?
How long till blindness, deaf’ning fear
Will cease, and touch of Love draw near?
The leaves of prophecy unfold;
Isaiah’s dream of Love is told.
A vision full of power and might,
A Lord of light beyond all light!
How long before we see Love’s face,
And hearts are touched by saving grace?
How long till Zion’s songs are heard,
And mankind knows God’s healing Word?
Isaiah saw his glimpse of God
In majesty above, and awed;
While angels soared and sang for Him
The Sanctus of the seraphim.
“How long,” he asked, “till all can see
With opened eyes, and hear of Thee?
How long before Thy truth above
Will touch all hearts with fire of Love?”
The temple, shaken, filled with smoke.
Then, touched with fire, the prophet spoke
In open answer to God’s call,
To bring this message to us all:
When Jesus comes, we’ll see God’s face.
His tiny hands will touch our race.
In infant laughter heaven sings
The pow’r of Love above all things!
Sandra Niles (b. 1956)