This short piece, which could possibly be used as an introit, creates a mystical yet celebratory mood. Attention to the dynamics is fundamental in achieving the contrast between light and shade, especially in the last phrase of the piece where the singers are asked to crescendo from p to ff over one bar. Some of the starting notes in certain phrases are unexpected and choirs would do well to practice singing the initial notes or chords of each phrase a number of times to increase confidence.
Arise, shine, for your light has come. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. They shall bring gold and frankincense and proclaim the praise of the Lord. Your gates will be open continually, shut neither by day nor by night. No more will the sun give you daylight, nor moonlight shine upon you, but the Lord will be your everlasting light. Your God will be your splendour.