Wise Men Came Journeying
Carson P. Cooman

Composer Carson P. Cooman
Text Shirley Erena Murray
Voicing SATB, organ
Topics Epiphany, Wise Men
Price $2.00 (U.S.)
Length 2' 25" Released 6/15
Catalog no. 405-306
Difficulty Mod. easy

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Anthem text
Wise men came journeying, once, long ago,
camel hooves swirling the sand dune and snow,
gold in the saddlebag, myrrh in the jar,
incense to honor the Child of the star.

Wise are the travelers led to move on
following signs where the Christ light has shone,
facing the deserts and crossing the lines,
heeding no limits that culture defines.

Wise are each one of us looking for change,
stargazer people, respecting the strange,
inner and outer worlds open to light,
centered on seeing the real and the right.

Wise ones keep journeying all through their days
bringing their gifts to the source of their praise,
risking the Promise with all they hold dear,
seeking God's peace at the door of the year.

Shirley Erena Murray

Words © 1996 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission. www.hopepublishing.com

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Description Shirley Erena Murray’s Epiphany carol text is given a lilting setting by Carson Cooman that evokes the wise men’s journey. As is often the case with Murray’s seasonal texts, the imagery celebrates the variety of experience in the different hemispheres, with its evocation of “camel hooves swirling the sand dune and snow.” A joyous piece for a carol service or Epiphanytide.


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