God's Grandeur
Craig Phillips

Composer Craig Phillips
Text Gerard Manley Hopkins
Voicing SATB, organ
Topics Creation, Majesty of God
Price $2.50 (U.S.)
Length Released 7/18
Catalog no. 420-822
Difficulty Mod. diff

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Gerard Manley Hopkins’s text celebrates the fact that “the World is charged with the grandeur of God.” The rich, sensory and sonic imagery of the Hopkins text is allowed to speak clearly in the choral parts, which are set over an organ accompaniment that employs an undulating ostinato for nearly the entire piece.

Anthem text
The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs —
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.

–Gerard Manley Hopkins, 1877





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