The Covert of Thy Wings

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The Covert of Thy Wings

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.

Beautiful River CDThis piece is included on the Beautiful River CD by the BYU Concert Choir.

Note: This is the full score version, which also includes a copy of the flute part.

Purchase the Choral Parts Only version.

- 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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  • 5
    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 Norman, Oklahoma

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