Drop Thy Still Dews of Quietness

Published by Kjos Music Publishing, Catalog # 9048 
in volume Ten of the Music for the Church Year series,
edited by Bradly Ellingboe

Traditional sacred text in English by John Greenleaf Whittier
Duration: 2:00
Difficulty rating (1-5): 2

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erformed by the
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Whittier's usual beautiful, pantheistic images are present here, along with striking contrasts such as "the heats of our desire" -- "thy coolness and thy balm." Even more strikingly contrasted are the last two lines: "Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire, O still small voice of calm."

This piece is dedicated to Ellen Waterman, a very fine flutist and bassoonist. It was premiered in Spring 2005 by Dr. Charles Robinson and his choir from the University of Missouri/Kansas City  Music Conservatory at a Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation benefit dinner/concert in Kansas City.


Drop Thy still dews of quietness,
till all our strivings cease.
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
and let our ordered lives confess the beauty of Thy peace.
Breathe through the heats of our desire
Thy coolness and Thy balm.
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm.






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