With text from excerpts of several of the Old Testament Psalms, The Covert of Thy Wings is a moving prayer and a firm expression of trust in the Lord. The SATB divisi chorus, two-piano and flute accompaniment give this piece a full and rich texture. Suitable for University and advanced Church and High School choirs.
- SATB divisi, Two-Pianos, Flute
- Text adapted from Psalms, 55, 56, 58, 59, 61, 102
- Level: Advanced
- Duration: ~7:50
Published by Lane Johnson Music
Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. (61:1-4)
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee,
When my heart is weighed down;
I will cry unto thee.
When my heart is overwhelmed,
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
When my heart is heavy laden;
Lead me to thee.
For thou hast been a shelter for me,
And a strong tower from the enemy.
I will abide in thy house forever:
I will trust in the covert of thy wings.
Deliver me from mine enemies, (59:1)
For they be many that fight against me. (56:2)
Their poison is like the poison of a serpent. (58:4)
Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, (55:5)
And horror hath overwhelmed me.
Defend me from them that rise up against me, (59:1)
For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul, (59:3)
The mighty are gathered against me, O Lord,
Yet my trust in thy refuge is full. (--)
So will I sing praises unto thee forever, (61:8)
Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing. (59:17)
I will sing aloud of thy mercy, O Lord, (59:16)
I will praise thee, my Rock, my God, my King. (--)
I will trust in the covert of thy wings. (61:4)
Hear my prayer, O Lord; let my cry come unto thee. (102:1)
When my heart is weighed down, I will come unto thee (--)
When my heart is overwhelmed, I will cry, I will praise, I will sing.
I will trust in thy love forever.
I will trust in the covert of thy wings. (61-4)
(--) No direct reference from Psalms
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transformative and revelatory!
Posted by Mark Leidner on 17th Nov 2013
Wow! What a piece! I've listened and listened to the BYU Concert Choir recording (on "Beautiful River") again and again and again. And I feel like I'm still scratching the surface of this gem. I watch the notes go by in the conductor's score, and I'm still beguiled. I've printed the conductor's score on 17 x 11 paper (landscape) and look forward to dissecting the harmonies, phrases, the various melodic sections. I know I won't have time to look at this until after Jan 1st, 2014, but I so look forward to that time. There are clear motives, both harmonic and melodic, that are woven throughout the piece. But there are also stunning one-offs, like the harmony illuminating the "poison of the serpent" text. An alternative sub-title for this piece could be "Ode to the tritone, or the sharp 4th"! The augmented fourth looms large throughout this piece, strongly even in the closing bars.
I could write for a long time about this piece ... clearly! But I'll stop here to say thank you for writing such a beautiful piece -- lyrics from the Psalms and harmonies that would make David himself proud!
Bravo, Maestro! What a joy to hear and explore this worshipful piece.
With appreciation and admiration,
S. Mark Leidner