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How Can I Keep From Singing?

Composer: Rev. Robert Lowry

Arranger: Scott Farthing

Publication: N/A

Duration: 

Program Notes:

Commissioned for Susan McMane and the Women's HOPE Chorale (formerly the St. Louis Women's Chorale)

 

 

 

 

Score Sample:

 

Voicing:

SSAA

Accompaniment:

Piano

Themes:

​Love, Friendship, Musical Traditions

 

Lyrics:

Anne Warner and Doris Plenn

My life flows on in endless song, above earth's lamentation.

I hear the real tho' far off hymn, that hails a new creation.

Above the tumult and the strife, I hear its music ringing.

It sounds an echo in my soul,

How can I keep from singing?

What though the tempest loudly roars, I hear the truth it liveth.

What though the darkness round me close, songs in the night it giveth.

No storm can shake my inmost calm, while to that rock I'm clinging.

Since love is Lord of heav'n and earth,

How can I keep from singing?

When tyrants tremble sick with fear and hear their death knell ringing.

When friends rejoice both far and near, how can I keep from singing?

In prison cell and dungeon vile, our thoughts to them are winging.

When friends by shame are undefiled,

How can I keep from singing?

How Can I Keep From Singing?Scott Farthing
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