I saa three crosses gainst the caul blae lift,
An on them me an you an him atween;
I hard him say tae you, “Tak nou my gift
O life in Paradise this aifterneen.”
They laid him in a gairden bi himsel
An us twa i the yaird outside the waa,
An on aa three o’s i the pit o hell
God loot the blaak mirk o the Void tae faa.
E'en thair wi voice o luv he spak tae me
The wird I wadna hear fan on my cross,
Syne fell awa fae me my miserie
An aa I loed on airth tae me wis dross.
Twa nichts gaed by an syne at skreich o day
God row’d awa the steen at steek’d the tomb,
Set free his Son fae caul corruptin clay
An sowls o men fae fear o mortal doom.
I saw the brichtness o the sun gae out
Fan he th’ eternal Sun himsel did rise
Upon a warl I n'er haed thocht about,
Ayont men’s dreams an aa their sair emprise.
Ivo Macnaughton Clark (1883—1950)
Peter is a doctoral composition student at Durham University. Forthcoming works include the first operatic version of Matthew Lewis's The Monk (with libretto by Venetia Bridges).
Recent projects include:
The Song of Songs | 1885 Singers | 65'
Cello Quintet | Sandy Baillie, David Burrowes &c | 10'
Three Animal Lyrics | Trio Atem | 6'
and works for:
London Festival of Contemporary Church Music
Sloane Square Choral Society
Barefoot Opera (made into a feature film, Pale Shadows)
St Paul's Cathedral