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Roland E. Martin The Bird of Dawning

Keyboard [organ/piano], Violin(s)
2-part, Unison, SSA, Solo(s)
Original Publication
Sewanee Composer's Project - Vol. 03
Moderately Difficult
Suggested Uses(s)

Solo voice (high), violin, and organ. Optional 2, 3, or 4-part women's choir. Violin part may also be played by a flute or oboe.  Text by William Shakespeare, from Hamlet. A breathtaking addition to a Christmas Eve service.

Some say that ever 'gainst that season comes
Wherein our Saviour's birth is celebrated
The bird of dawning singeth all night long;
And then, they say, no spirit can walk abroad.
The nights are wholesome, then no planets strike;
No fairy takes, nor witch hath power to charm;
So hallowed and so gracious is the time.


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Tryon, North Carolina 28782
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