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Roland E. Martin The Altar

Keyboard [organ/piano]
Original Publication
Sewanee Composer's Project MMVI - Vol. 13
Moderately Difficult
Suggested Uses(s)

SATB (with divisi) and organ. A stirring, beautiful setting of the poem by George Herbert with flavors of Mahler. Just breathtaking! We do have orchestral score/parts as well. Look in the EXTRAS (ZIP) file.

A broken altar thy servant rears,
Made of a heart and cemented with tears:
Whose parts are as thy hand did frame;
No workman's tool hath touched the same.
A HEART alone
is such a stone,
As nothing but
Thy pow’r doth cut.
Wherefore each part
of my hard heart
Meets in this frame
to praise thy name.
That if I chance to hold my  peace,
These stones to praise thee may not cease.
Oh, let thy blessed SACRIFICE be mine,
And sanctifie this ALTAR to be thine.


Mark Schweizer
P.O. Box 249
Tryon, North Carolina 28782
Phone 828.859.0323
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