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CoverCome My Friends [level: Medium]
Debra Scroggins: Bio and other works
voicing: SATB div. | catalog number: SBMP 1251 | duration: 7:45 | price: $2.25
accompaniment: piano


The profound text, gathered from three sources, supports the notion that it is not too late to seek a newer world, a world at peace. A dramatic, important composition, almost eight minutes in duration, this is one that needs to be sung and taken to heart. A great centerpiece for a concert.


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Oh day of fire and sun,
Pure as a naked flame,
Blue sea, blue sky and dun
Sands where he spoke my name;

Laughter and hearts so high
That the spirit flew off free,
Lifting into the sky
Diving into the sea;

Oh day of fire and sun
Like a crystal burning,
Slow days go one by one,
But you have no returning.

A brief quote from “Ulysses” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892), often quoted by JFK in speeches:
Come my friends.
‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world…
Though much is taken, much abides…

The last paragraph from The Unspoken Speech, prepared for delivery at the Dallas Trade Mart by President John F. Kennedy. The speech was scheduled to have been given after his motorcade passed through downtown Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963.

We in this country, in this generation, are—by destiny rather than choice—the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility, that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and restraint, and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of “peace on earth, good will toward men.”

The text comes from three sources, Sara Teasdale; Alfred, Lord Tennyson; and John F. Kennedy.


Texas Voices, Debra Scroggins, conductor [© all rights reserved]
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