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Keep Your Lamps!

By Andre Thomas

Choral (SATB)
Arranged by Andre Thomas. Hinshaw Concert. Choral. Medium Easy Jr. High/High School or Easy Adult. Gospel, Spiritual, Sacred. Octavo. 8 pages. Duration 2 minutes, 16 seconds. Hinshaw Music #HMC577. Published by Hinshaw Music (HL.8765168).

Item Number: HL.8765168

9x12 inches. Key: F minor.

As with many of the slave songs, this song's impetus came from hearing a sermon based upon the parable found in the book of Matthew, chapter 25, verses 1-13. In this passage of scripture, Jesus tells the story of the wise and foolish virgins. They had been told that the bridegorrm would be coming, thus they got their Lamps, trimmed them, and set them burning and went to the appointed place. However, the bridegroom did not arrive at the appointed time and the foolish only brought enough oil for one night. They then returned to get more oil and of course the bridegroom came while they were away. Jesus then says to his disciples, you know not the day nor the hour of my return. Be ye ready! As a response to this, one can only imagine the song stirring from the soul of one slave listener. Jesus was indeed deliverer and a hope for the slave. One can only speculate that this song wasw sung often, when there was a possibility of deliverance.

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  • 5

    Columbus, GA
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  • September 14, 2010 Love this song and this arrangement

    We performed this song a cappella in high school in an SATB honor chorus and for competition. It’s one of the most memorable songs that I learned. It’s been 12 years since I learned this song and can still remember every word and pause, crescendo and decrescendos. I...

    recommend this for ALL choirs!

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    Waupun, Wisconsin
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  • November 09, 2008 Fantastic!

    This song was done by 1400 voices at the 11/2/08 St. Olaf College Music Festival and was fabulous. If you have the chance to sing it, definitely do so!

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    Cinncinnati, Oh
  • October 18, 2007 A Great Song

    This song is absolutley wonderful. My choir teacher is letting the advanced kids in Jr. High sing it. It is beautiful.

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