The clearing rests

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The clearing rests

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Composed for Jacob Cook and the Youth Performing Arts School Chamber Choir. SATB divisi.

Duration 4:30 minutes

The clearing rests in song and shade.
It is a creature made
By old light held in soil and leaf,
By human joy and grief,
By human work,
Fidelity of sight and stroke,
By rain, by water on
The parent stone.

We join our work Heaven’s gift,
Our hope to what is left,
That field and woods at last agree
In an economy
Of widest worth,
High Heaven’s Kingdom come on earth.
Imagine Paradise.
O dust, arise!

Wendell Berry from Sabbaths (1982)

Text Copyright © 1998 by Wendell Berry from A Timbered Choir: The Sabbath Poems 1979-1997. Reprinted by permission of Counterpoint.

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A live performance of "The clearing rests" from the 2016 Festival of Faiths is below. It starts approximately 29:00 into the video.