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From Ode 14 of the Odes of Solomon

By Greg Bartholomew

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Choir, SATB - Advanced Intermediate
Composed by Greg Bartholomew. Christian, Jewish, Sacred, Repertoire, Recital. Octavo. 12 pages. Burke & Bagley #BB704. Published by Burke & Bagley (S0.17791).

Item Number: S0.17791

The Odes of Solomon are believed to have been written around the year 100 A.D., and include strong parallels to the Dead Sea Scrolls. Scholars have debated whether the Odes should be considered Jewish, Christian or Gnostic, and whether they were first written in Greek, Hebrew or Syriac. Early Christian writings refer to and quote from them. A Syriac manuscript containing the text of most of the Odes was discovered in 1909 by the English scholar J. Rendel Harris, and other partial texts in various languages have also been found. There are 42 Odes. Some fragments are still missing from Odes I and III, and no part of Ode II has yet been found. For these choral settings, I selected text from four of the Odes of Solomon which I found particularly compelling. The anonymous translation I have used comes from The Gnostic Society Library.From the Odes of Solomon was premiered in concert on June 2, 2002, by the Ars Brunensis Chorus under the direction of conductor Roman Valek and choirmaster Dan Kalousek at the Husov Sbor, in Brno, Czech Republic. Their recording is available on CD.From the Odes of Solomon is a Project Encore selection. A "Back to School 2015" feature. Duration ca. 5 minutes. From Ode 14:As the eyes of a son to his father,so my eyes turn to you, O Lord, at all times,for with you are my consolation and joy.Do not turn your mercy from me, O Lord,nor your kindness,but stretch out your right hand, and be my guide to the end.Care for me, save me from evil,and let your gentleness and love be with me.Teach me to sing of truth,that I may engender fruit in you.Open the harp of your holy spiritso I may praise you, Lord, with all its notes.From your sea of mercy, help me,help me in my hour of need.

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