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2016 | Schwartz Center
Best Of: Atlanta Master Chorale
1. O Come, Let Us Sing unto the Lord
Emma Lou Diemer
2. The Word was God
Rosephanye Powell
3. Like As the Hart Desireth the Waterbrooks
Richard Nance
4. How Do I Love Thee?
Eric Nelson
5. My Flight for Heaven
Blake R. Henson
6. i carry your heart with me
David C. Dickau
7. What does the Lord Require?
Eric Nelson
8. Assurance
Phoebe P. Knapp/ arr. Ken Berg
9. Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
John Wyeth / arr. Mack Wilberg
10. Children of the Heavenly Father
arr. Eric Nelson
11. How Can I Keep From Singing
Robert Lowry / arr. Eric Nelson
12. Wondrous Love
arr. Paul Christiansen
13. Elijah Rock
arr. Jester Hairston
14. I Open My Mouth
André Thomas
15. City Called Heaven
Arr. Josephine Poelinitz
16. Music Down in My Soul
arr. Moses Hogan
17. In Dat Great Gittin’ Up Mornin’
arr. Jester Hairston

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Where Music Touches Spirit

Eric Nelson, conductor
Deborah Thoreson-Slover, accompanist

Track 1
O Come, Let Us Sing unto the Lord
Emma Lou Diemer

O come, let us sing unto the Lord;
Let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
and show ourselves glad in Him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God;
And a great King above all gods.
In His hand are all the corners of the earth;
And the strength of the hills is His also.

The sea is His and he made it;
His hands prepared the dry land.
O come, let us worship and fall down
and come, let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker.
For He is the Lord our God;
and we are the people of His pasture,
and the sheep of His hand.

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness;
Let the whole earth stand in awe of Him.
For He cometh to judge the earth;
And with righteousness to judge the world,
And the peoples with His truth.

O come, let us sing unto the strength of our salvation.
For He is the Lord our God.
-text taken from Psalms 95 and 96

Track 2
The Word was God
Rosephanye Powell

In the beginning was the Word,
And the Word was with God,
And the Word was God.
The same was in-a the beginning with God.
All things were made, that have been made.
Nothing was made, He has not made.
All things were made by Him.
– John 1:1-3

Track 3
Like As the Hart Desireth the Waterbrooks
Richard Nance

Like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks,
So longeth my soul after Thee, O my God.
My soul is athirst for God, athirst for the living God.
When shall I come to appear before the presence of God?
My tears have been my meat day and night, as they daily say,
“Where now is thy God?”
Like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks,
So longeth my soul after thee, O my God.
I long for thee, O God.
– Psalm 42

Track 4
How Do I Love Thee?
Eric Nelson

How Do I Love Thee?
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach,
When feeling out of sight for the ends of Being and Ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely as men strive for Right,
I love thee purely as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion I put to use in my old griefs,
and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose with my lost saints.
I love thee with the breath, I love thee with the smiles, the tears of all my life.
And, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death.
– Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Track 5
My Flight for Heaven
Blake R. Henson

Charm me asleep, and melt me so
With thy delicious numbers;
That, being ravish’d, hence I go
Away in easy slumbers.

Ease my sick head,
And make my bed.
Thou Pow’r canst sever me from ill,
And quickly still, though thou not kill my fever.

Fall on me like a silent dew,
Or like those maiden showers,
Which, by the peep of day, do strew
A baptism o’er the flowers.

Melt, melt my pains
With thy soft strains;
That having ease me giv’n, with full delight,
I leave this light and take my flight for Heaven.
-Robert Herrick, 1591 – 1674

Track 6
i carry your heart with me
David C. Dickau

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)i fear

no fate(for you are my fate, my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or the mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)
-Poem by E. E. Cummings (1894 – 1962)

Track 7
What does the Lord Require?
Eric Nelson

What does the Lord require for praise and offering?
What sacrifice, desire, or tribute bid you bring?
To do justice; love mercy; and walk humbly with your God.

Rulers of earth, give ear! Should you not justice know?
Will God your pleading hear, while crime and cruelty grow?
Then do justice; love mercy; and walk humbly with your God.
How shall our life fulfill God’s law so high?
Let Christ endue our will with grace.
– Albert F. Bayley; alt. (Micah 6:8)

Track 8
Assurance
Phoebe P. Knapp/ arr. Ken Berg

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

Refrain:
This is my story, this is my song.
Praising my Savior all the day long.
This is my story, this is my song.
Praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending bring from above,
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

Refrain

Perfect submission, all is at rest;
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

Refrain

Track 9
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
John Wyeth / arr. Mack Wilberg

Come, thou fount of every blessing,
tune my heart to sing thy grace.
Streams of mercy never ceasing
call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet
sung by flaming tongues above;
Praise the mount, I’m fixed upon it.
Mount of thy redeeming love.

Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Hither by thy help I’m come;
And I hope by thy good pleasure,
safely to arrive at home.
Prone to wander Lord, I feel it.
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
seal it for thy courts above.

Jesus sought me when a stranger,
wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
interposed his precious blood.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it;
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
seal it for thy courts above.

O to grace, how great a debtor
daily I’m constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter,
bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it.
Prone to leave the God I love.
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
seal it for thy courts above.

Track 10
Children of the Heavenly Father
arr. Eric Nelson

Children of the Heavenly Father,
Safely in His bosom gather;
Nestling bird nor star in heaven,
Such a refuge e’er was given.

God His own doth tend and nourish;
In His Holy courts they flourish.
From all evil things He spares them,
In his mighty arms He bears them.

Neither life nor death shall ever
From the Lord His children sever.
Unto them His grace He showeth,
And their sorrows all He knoweth.

Praise the Lord in joyful numbers,
Your protector never slumbers.
At the will of your Defender
Every foe then must surrender.

No more a stranger or a guest,
But like a child at home
– Caroline V. Sandell Berg

Track 11
How Can I Keep From Singing
Robert Lowry / arr. Eric Nelson

My life flows on in endless song;
above earth’s lamentation.
I hear the sweet, though far-off hymn
that hails a new creation.
Through all the tumult and the strife,
I hear the music ringing;
it finds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing?

What though my joys and comforts die?
My Savior still is living.
What though the shadows gather ‘round?
A new song Christ is giving.
No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I’m clinging.
Since Love commands both heav’n and earth,
how can I keep from singing?

The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
a fountain ever springing!
All things are mine since I am his!
How can I keep from singing?

Track 12
Wondrous Love
arr. Paul Christiansen
-Jonathan Dee Hall-Hamner, tenor

What wondrous love is this, O my soul?
That caused the Lord of life to bear the heavy cross,
What wondrous love, O my soul!

What wondrous love is this, O my soul?
That Christ should lay aside His crown for my soul!
What wondrous love, O my soul!
– Southern Folk Hymn

Track 13
Elijah Rock
arr. Jester Hairston

Elijah Rock, Shout, Shout!
Elijah Rock, Comin’ up, Lord.

Satan’s a liar an’ a conjur, too,
If you don’t mind out, he’ll conjur you.
If I could, I surely would just stand on the rock where Moses stood.

Elijah Rock, Shout, shout about
Elijah Rock, We’re gonna shout, shout!
Elijah Rock, Comin’ up, Lord.
-Traditional Spiritual

Track 14
I Open My Mouth
André Thomas

Done made my vow to the Lord.
Oh, Lord, I’ll never turn back.
I open my mouth to the Lord,
And I won’t turn back! I will go!
I shall go to see what the end is gonna be.
If you don’t believe that I’ve been redeemed,
Just follow me down to Jordan’s stream,
To see what the end is gonna be.
I open my mouth to the Lord,
O Lord, I won’t turn back
To see what the end is gonna be!
– Traditional Spiritual

Track 15
City Called Heaven
Arr. Josephine Poelinitz
-Lavert Woodard, bass

I am a pilgrim, a pilgrim of sorrow
I’m left in this wide world, this wide world alone
Ain’t got no hope, got no hope for tomorrow
Trying to make it, make heaven my home
I am a pilgrim, a pilgrim of sorrow
I’m left in this wide world, this wide world alone
Ain’t got no hope, got no hope for tomorrow
Trying to make it, make heaven my home
Sometimes I’m tossed and I’m driven, Lord
Heard of a city, a city called heaven
Trying to make it, make heaven my home
Heaven

16
Music Down in My Soul
arr. Moses Hogan

I hear music in the air.
I can feel it in the air.
There must be a God somewhere!
Over my head, I hear music in the air.
Over my head, I hear singing in the air.
There must be a God somewhere!
I got this music down in my soul;
And it fills my heart with the joy of the Lord!
I’ve got it joy, everlasting.
I’ve got it peace, everlasting.
I’ve got it love, everlasting.
Love in my heart. Oh yes, I got peace in my soul.
Oh yes, I got joy in my heart; joy today!

Do you love the Lord? I love the Lord!
I’ve got it joy, everlasting.
I’ve got it peace, everlasting.
I’ve got it love, everlasting.
I got joy! I got peace! I got love! In my soul!
-Gospel praise song inspired by the African-American Spiritual “Over My Head”

Track 17
In Dat Great Gittin’ Up Mornin’
arr. Jester Hairston
-Jamie Clements, tenor

I’m gon’ tell you ‘bout de comin’ of de judgment,
Fare ye well, Fare ye well,
Dere’s a better day a comin’,
Fare ye well, Fare ye well.

In dat great gittin’ up mornin’
Fare ye well, fare ye well.

Oh preacher fold yo’ Bible,
Fare ye well, Fare ye well,
Fo’ de last soul’s converted,
Fare ye well, Fare ye well.

In dat great gittin’ up mornin’
Fare ye well, fare ye well.

Blow yo’ trumpet Gab’el.
Fare ye well, Fare ye well,
Lord how loud shall I blow it?
Fare ye well, Fare ye well,
Blow it right calm and easy
Fare ye well, Fare ye well,
Do not ‘larm all my people,
Fare ye well, Fare ye well,
Tell dem all to come to de judgment,

In dat great gittin’ up mornin’
Fare ye well, fare ye well.

Den you see dem coffins bustin’,
Fare ye well, fare ye well.
Den you see de folkses risin’,
Fare ye well, fare ye well.
Den you see de world on fiyer,
Fare ye well, fare ye well.
Den you see de stars a fallin’,
Fare ye well, fare ye well.
Den you see dat forked lightnin’,
Fare ye well, fare ye well.
Den you hear dat rumblin’ thunder,
Fare ye well, fare ye well.

Fare ye well, poor sinner,
Fare ye well, fare ye well.

In dat great gittin’ up mornin’
Fare ye well, fare ye well.
– Traditional Spiritual