Divine Image

Instrumentation/Voicing: 
treble choir, SSATB choir, oboe, and piano

This sweet piece was commissioned for a wedding and works very well for festival and church choirs. The oboe part may also be played by violin.

Perusal Score: 
Order Sheet Music
Catalog Number: 
JH - C002
Publishing Series: 
JH Music
Duration: 
4:00
Total Pages: 
12
Commissioned By: 
Amy Johnson
Premiere
Premiere Date: 
08/11/2007
Premiere Ensemble: 
The Minnesota Boy Choir
Premiere Conductor: 
Mark Johnson
Reviews: 

"Divine Image" is a musically moving piece that combines the power of SATB voices, SSA voices, and the oboe. The effect is stunning and the piece is well worth any time taken to learn it!

~Amy Johnson, commissioner

Text
Text Author or Source: 
William Blake, public domain
Language: 
English
Text: 

To Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love,
All pray in their distress,
And to these virtues of delight
Return their thankfulness.

For Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love,
Is God our Father dear;
And Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love,
Is man, his child and care.

For Mercy has a human heart
Pity, a human face;
And Love, the human form divine;
And Peace, the human dress.

Then every man, of every clime,
That prays in his distress,
Prays to the human form divine:
Love, Mercy, Pity, Peace.

And all must love the human form,
In heathen, Turk, or Jew.
Where Mercy, Love, and Pity dwell,
There God is dwelling too.