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I Cannot Dance, O Love Publication Details
 

 
  Catalogue Number -
PEL2049 SATB

Voicing/Instrumentation -
SATB Choir with
Organ accompaniment

Level of Difficulty -
Difficult

Uses/Season -
Concert, Service Anthem, Easter
Duration -
4:00 mins

Pages Music -
19 pages - 28 page booklet
Format -
SATB/organ
choral octavo

Copyright Year - 2005

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Description/Remarks

With texts by Mechthild of Magdeburg (12th c.) adapted by Jean Weibe Janzen, and Charles Wesley, PEL2049 I Cannot Dance, O Love is a lithe and elegant anthem which both dances and sings. Halley's new melody is interwoven with Wesley's "Vernon" in an intricately rhythmic, swirling dance.

Commissioned by the Greater Hartford AGO for CONCORA, directed by Rick Coffey, and the Region 1 AGO Conference, Hartford, CT, July 2005

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  Texts

I Cannot Dance, O Love

Words:
Jean Weibe Janzen (after Mechthild of Magdeburg, 12th c.)
Charles Wesley (1707-1788) from ‘Wrestling Jacob’


I cannot dance, O Love, unless you lead me on.
I cannot leap in gladness unless you lift me up.
From love to love we circle, beyond all knowledge grow,
for when you lead we follow, to new worlds you can show.

Love is the music ‘round us, we glide as birds in air,
entwining, soul and body, your wings hold us with care.
Your Spirit is the harpist and all your children sing;
her hands the currents ‘round us, your love the golden strings.

O blessed Love, your circling unites us, God and soul.
From the beginning, your arms embrace and make us whole.
Hold us in steps of mercy from which you never part,
that we may know more fully the dances of your heart.

Jean Weibe Janzen (after Mechthild of Magdeburg, 12th c.)

 
‘Tis Love, ‘tis Love! Thou died’st for me!
I hear thy whisper in my heart.
The morning breaks, the shadows flee:
Pure Universal Love thou art;
Thy mercies never shall remove,
Thy nature and thy name is Love.  

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Charles Wesley (1707-1788) from ‘Wrestling Jacob’
Traditional melody ‘Vernon’