I Cannot Dance, O Lord

Scoring

-SSA choir and organ
-S solo and organ

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Details

3:00
2005

Berks Classical Children's Choir in honor of the marriage of BCCC graduate Carolyn Richie to Bryan Tavares

Arsis label

E.C.Schirmer No.6682 (SSA, organ)
E.C. Schirmer No. 6683 (S Solo, organ)

Text

I cannot dance, O Lord

I cannot dance,
O Lord, unless You lead me.
If You wish me to leap joyfully, let me see You dance,
Let me see You dance joyfully,
Let me see You dance and sing,
Then I will leap into Love and from Love into Knowledge,
from Knowledge into the Harvest,
That sweetest Fruit beyond human sense.
There I will stay with you, Whirling

by Mechtild of Magdeburg,
translation by1994 Jane Hirshfield,
from WOMAN IN PRAISE OF THE SACRED:
43 CENTURIES OF SPIRITUAL POETRY BY WOMEN
(HarperCollins, 1994).
Used by permission of Jane Hirshfield.