Come Away to the Skies
David Ashley White

Composer David Ashley White
Text Charles Wesley, 1755
Voicing SATB a cappella
Scriptural references Song of Solomon 2:10-13, II Corinthians 5:15, Revelation 19:9, 5:6-14
Church Season Easter
Price $2.25 (U.S.)
Length 2'20" Released 1/00
Catalog no. 405-555 Difficulty Mod. diff.
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Anthem text
Come away to the skies,
my beloved, arise
and rejoice in the day thou wast born;
on this festival day,
come exulting away,
and with singing to Zion return.

Now with singing and praise,
let us spend our days,
by our heav'nly Father bestowed,
while his grace we receive
from his bounty, and live
to the glory of God.

For the glory we were
first created to share,
both the nature and kingdom divine!
Now created again
that our lives may remain
throughout time and eternity thine.

We with thanks approve
the design of that love
which hath joined us to Jesus' Name;
so united in heart,
let us nevermore part,
till we meet at the feast of the Lamb.

--Charles Wesley, 1755

"David Ashley White's tender 'Come Away to the Skies' lies at the opposite end of the spectrum. Here the familiar text is clothed in new garments that transform both by their interaction. Make no mistake about it: this is not a simple little hymn anthem cut from predictable cloth; this is a major addition to the a capella anthem repertory for the Easter season." --AAM Journal, Feb. 2001

"White's carol setting rates as my top pick for this issue. Full of enthusiasm and verve, it sounds simultaneously new and somehow familiar. If one listens intently, one might imagine a very faint rhythmic fingerprint of the tune Middlebury traditionally associated with this nineteenth-century American hmn, but everything about this anthem is ingeniously new. It is as if our old friend from Southern Harmony has received a total makeover! Highly recommended." --Cross Accent, Fall 2001

Description Based on the well-known and jubilant Charles Wesley text with its allusions to the Song of Solomon, this remarkable new Easter carol begins as a tender love song, and ends with a rousing affirmation of hope in the resurrection. For SATB, unaccompanied.


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