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The Promise of Liberty (SATB)

By Greg Bartholomew

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Piano, Guitar, Choir, SATB - Early Intermediate
Composed by Greg Bartholomew. 21st Century, Repertoire, Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, Recital. Octavo. 12 pages. Burke & Bagley #BB712. Published by Burke & Bagley (S0.17947).

Item Number: S0.17947

The Promise of Liberty, available for either SATB or unison/2-part treble choir with optional guitar or piano accompaniment, is an adaptation of the sonnet The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus (1883). The sonnet was written to raise money for the construction of the Statue of Liberty's pedestal and has graced the entrance to the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor since 1945. The chorus for this work is adapted from the Lazarus poem, while the verses are new text written by the composer.Duration ca. 3 minutes. A "Back to School 2015" feature. The Promise of LibertyWinds blow fierce and foul storms rage.Safe shelter seems a hopeless dream.But in the dark a promise beams,a beacon to a golden age.[Chorus] "Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.Give me the wretched from your teeming shore.Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,I lift my lamp beside the golden door,I lift my lamp beside the golden door."So cries the strong heroic woman, raising her arm to light the way.Her words ring out from day to dayto greet each wave of immigrants. [Repeat chorus]Some crossed the sea in a tempest squall.More came by land up the hemisphere.Still there's room for everyone here.The promise of liberty welcomes all. [Repeat chorus]Winds still blow and storms still threatenthe shelter we build in this new land.But here we weave a fabric grandMade strong from many colored threads. [Repeat chorus].

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