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CoverAnd Nature Smiled [level: Easy]
Allen Koepke - arr. Peter Eklund: Bio and other works | Peter A. Eklund Choral Series
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1313 | duration: 4:15 | price: $2.10
accompaniment: piano


90,000+ treble singers have enjoyed this piece, now arranged for SATB. The ranges make it suitable for choirs both young and old.


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On the hillside grew a lovely rose
a beauty to behold.
The sun and rain did bless the rose,
and nature smiled, it was told.
Proud was the rose midst the widowhood,
its fragrance pure as finest gold.
All creation understood
and bowed, as its petals would unfold.
Soon the weeds did gather ’round the rose.
“Share with us your beauty,” they asked in coy repose.
“Give us each one petal, for then we all will be
beautiful and worthy, to stand with dignity.”
“Run from the beggar's ticks, run from the horsetail,
run, run away,” was the cry of the loon.
“Stay,” cried the shepherd’s purse, “Stay,” cried the thorn tree.
“Listen to your heart,” came a plea from the moon.
Then a stillness settled on the land.
The rose, in all her wisdom, stretched out a gentle hand
and touched each one around her; none was to be denied.
She knew the secret of their beauty came from deep inside.
“Each of you is part of a plan from above.
You give life to others, there is no greater love.
Be strong in one another, and then you all will see
you won’t need any petals, you have your dignity.”
On the hillside grew a lovely rose,
a friend amid the wild.
The sun and rain did bless the rose,
and nature smiled.
And nature smiled.

Allen Koepke


[Partial Recording] University of Nebraska Choir - Peter Eklund, conductor [© all rights reserved]
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