woman. Mary.

(2015) 

for SATB choir (divided) and chamber organ

4'

first performance

Choirs of St. Mary Redcliffe; Andrew Kirk (cond.) at St. Mary's Redcliffe Church (Bristol, UK) on 29 November 2015.

programme note

... on a theme of Mary, Mother of God. - njd

text

[woman, woman, woman] woman, behold thy son! O Mary, do not weep, weep not,
weep no longer,
Mary Immaculate, Merely a woman, yet Whose presence, power is Great as no goddess’s
Was deemèd, dreamèd;
I say that we are wound With mercy round and round As if with air: the same
Is Mary, more by name. O Mary, do not weep, [woman, Mary.]

after John (19:26), Gerrard Manley Hopkins and Philippe de Grève (ed. Nathan J Dearden)