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At Water's Edge (2021)

for SATB choir | 00:04:30

by Melissa Dunphy | text by Text adapted from Psalm 137

Commissioned by Westminster Kantorei
Premiered at a Westminster Choir College rally at Rider University 02 March 2022

At water's edge we sat, and we wept,
and we remembered home.
We hung up our lyres in willow trees.
The squanderers laid waste to us
and bid us, "Sing us one of your songs of home."
But how can we sing those songs in this place,
If I forget home,
let my hands wither
and forget how to play my lyre.
If I forget home,
may my tongue cleave to my mouth
and silence my song.

-adapted from Psalm 137
Image from the Library of Congress