Christ, Who Knows All His Sheep
David Ashley White

Composer David Ashley White
Text Richard Baxter (1615-1691), alt.
Voicing SATB, organ
Topics God's Love, Praise and Adoration
Price $1.75 (U.S.)
Released 3/10
Catalog no. 420-148 Difficulty Mod. easy

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Christ, who knows all his sheep,
will all in safety keep:
he will not lose one soul,
nor ever fail us:
nor we the promised goal,
whate're assail us.

We know our God is just;
to him we wholly trust
all that we have and claim,
and all we hope for:
all's sure and seen to him,
which here we search for.

O blessed company,
where all in harmony
God's joyous praises sing,
in love unceasing;
and all obey their King
with perfect pleasing.

--Richard Baxter (1615-1691), alt.

"A supremely uplifting setting of a text by the 17th-century poet Richard Baxter, this makes the perfect anthem for Good Shepherd Sunday. There is some divisi that might require a bigger-than-average choir, but it might be arranged for whatever forces you have at hand." -The American Organist, March 2011

"The inexorable inevitability of Good Shepherd Sunday probably keeps you on the lookout for new options, as it does me; there are several nice ones this year. White's piece is based on a seventeenth century poem by Richard Baxter, the poet of 'Ye holy angels bright.' That this shepherd text is reminiscent of the rather later 'Loving shepherd of thy sheep' is probably due simply to the line 'will all in safety keep.' When I say that the music radiates calm and placidity, I do not mean at all to suggest that it is uninteresting. The three stanzas are set in an A-B-A plan, with the reprise slightly varied to follow the text. Note that the bass and alto parts occasionally divide--but the piece is not difficult, it just has little flashes of a fuller vocal texture rather than mere SATB." --AAM Journal - January 2011

This celebration of the Good Shepherd is affirmative and uplifting and not difficult to put together. The opening sections are women and men's voices alone respectively before the full choir comes together for a resplendent conclusion.



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