I Lift My Eyes


Psalm 121 and Thich Naht Hanh

“A provocative text combining the sentiment of Psalm 121 (I lift my eyes to the hills), with a quote from the Vietnamese Buddhist Monk Thich Naht Hanh (I am solid as a mountain). The composer opens the piece with a beautiful unison melody set to the biblical text. In typical Szymko style, we are treated to a dramatic exploration of the theme, a harmonization of the original melody, and finally a strong statement to end the piece.“ — Santa Barbara Music Publishing web site



Audio Credits: 

SSAA Marcus High School Varsity Treble Choir, Jason Dove & Nathan Ratliff; SATB: University of Delaware Chorale, Dr. Paul Head, director



I lift My Eyes

lyric constructed by Joan Szymko

I lift my eyes to the mountains from whence I get my help,

from whence I get my strength, I lift my eyes.
- Psalm 121:1

I am solid as a mountain

I am firm as the earth.

I am free.
- quote by Thich Naht Hanh


I Lift My Eyes