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Come to the Waters

vocal

Come to the Waters

by Karen Clift, soprano; Timothy Lovelace, piano

Come to the Waters (1991) soprano, piano 7′
Text: Isaiah 55, v. 1, 2, 10-13, King James Version
Premiere—1993, by Karen Clift and John Churchwell, Saint Paul, MN.
Voice range: middle-c to high d

Program Note

When Karen Clift requested a song suitable for both recital and church I remembered these verses, which I have wanted to set since they were pointed out to me as a child.

Text

Ho, everyone that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread: and your labour for that which satisfieth not? Hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed:

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me empty.

Ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the laurel tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

 

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