Gift to Sing,The

Poet/Lyricist: 

James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938)

Commissioned for the 2017 Seattle Sings Choral Festival, "The Gift to Sing" is a beautifully crafted homage to the healing power of song. Useful for a variety of occasions; great closer!  

Level: 

Moderate
Item Voicing/Instrumentation Duration Price Audio View Score Quantity
JS-083 SATB, piano 3:30 $2.35 https://www.joanszymko.com/sites/joanszymko.advantagelabs.com/files/audio_samples/Gift%20to%20Sing%2CThe_JS-083.mp3
JS-083D
digital download
SATB, piano $1.75
Text

James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938)

Sometimes the mist overhangs my path,

And blackening clouds about me cling;

But, oh, I have a magic way

To turn the gloom to cheerful day—

      I softly sing.

And if the way grows darker still,

Shadowed by Sorrow’s somber wing,

With glad defiance in my throat,

I pierce the darkness with a note,

       And sing, and sing.

I brood not over the broken past,

Nor dread whatever time may bring;

No nights are dark, no days are long,

While in my heart there swells a song,

       And I can sing.