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Wes Ramsay When We Build

Keyboard [organ/piano]
Children's Choir, SSA
Moderately Difficult
Suggested Uses(s)

For accomplished children's choir (divisi), or SSA choir and piano. A wonderful anthem for dedication of a building or any other festival occasion. Winning composition: Cincinnati Children's Choir Competition 2010. Text by John Ruskin (alt.).

When we build, let us think that we build forever.
Let it not be for present delight or present use alone.
Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for;
and let us think, as we lay stone on stone,
that a time is to come when those stones will be held
sacred because our hands have touched them,
and that all will say, as they look upon
the labor and wrought substance of them,
“See! what was built for us.”


Mark Schweizer
P.O. Box 249
Tryon, North Carolina 28782
Phone 828.859.0323
Toll Free 877.822.0304


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