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Voicing/Instrumentation: SATB, Organ/Organ Accompaniment

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Truth/Wisdom and Knowledge
Choir with Congregation together in certain spots

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Florida native Edward Lein (b. 1955 in Fort Pierce) was a tenor soloist throughout his home state and his early works reflect his experience as a vocalist. In 2006 Ed was a finalist in the Jacksonville Symphony's Fresh Ink composition contest and his instrumental catalog grew largely due to requests from Symphony players. Now retired, Ed was Music Librarian for the City of Jacksonville, producing the popular Music@Main concerts (2006-16). He was a regular contributor to J-Sym's ENCORE magazine from 2014-16, and gets frequent requests for his translations of French, German, Spanish, Italian and Russian song texts from such prestigious organizations as Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Carnegie Hall's The Song Continues. Degrees: BM (FAU, 1976); MM (FSU, 1983) & MLS (FSU, 1986)
Song background:

An original setting for mixed voices (SATB) and organ of verses 1 & 2 from a Communion hymn text by Mary A. Lathbury (1877, alt.).

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Lyrics: 1. Break now the bread of life, dear Lord, to me, <br/>as once you broke the loaves beside the sea. <br/>Beyond the sacred page I seek you, Lord; <br/>my spirit waits for you, O living Word. <br/> <br/>2. Bless your own word of truth, dear Lord, to me, <br/>as when you blessed the bread by Galilee. <br/>Then shall all bondage cease, all fetters fall; <br/>and I shall find my peace, my All in all! <br/> <br/>3. You are the bread of life, dear Lord, to me, <br/>your holy word the truth that rescues me. <br/>Give me to eat and live with you above; <br/>teach me to love your truth, for you are love. <br/> <br/>4. O send your Spirit now, dear Lord, to me, <br/>that he may touch my eyes and make me see. <br/>Show me the truth made plain within your Word, <br/>for in your book revealed I see you, Lord.
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