My 2018 Christmas card carol.
A very simple SATB or Solo arrangement of the familiar hymn.
A very simple song, about a very basic concept… and one of the more challenging things I’ve written.
“O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength…”
Heavenly Father is never far away from us, and He will hear us pray anytime, anywhere.
Text written by William D. Longstaff in the 1800s; and set to an old Irish tune called “Slane.” For solo or SSAATB choir.
Old Irish text, translated by Mary Elizabeth Byrne in 1905; versified by Eleanor H. Hull in 1912. For solo or SSAATB choir.
Familiar lyrics (with an extra verse of my own) are set to an old Irish melody called “Slane,” which we traditionally sing using the words to “Be Thou My Vision” or “Take Time to be Holy.” For solo or SSAATB choir.
He is the balm for every wound; For every sorrow great or small; He is my strength, He is my song, He is my all.
Guard him, Joseph, as He slumbers; There behind the stable doors.
What shall I set upon the altar? I who must come with empty hands? With only my broken heart to offer, God will provide a Lamb.
Traditional carol, arranged for vocal solo.
With his blood so freely spent, He bought my soul; He paid my debt.
Music by Pietro Yon; Text by Frederick H. Martens; Arranged by Sally DeFord. For Solo, SATB or SSA, with optional flutes.
Music by Conrad Kocher, Lyrics by Folliott S. Pierpoint, Arranged by Sally DeFord; for SAB or SSA, both with optional flute.