By Night When Others Soundly Slept
For SATB Choir and piano
Text by Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672)
Published by 193rd Street Music (ASCAP)
Recording: Tennessee State Meistersingers Choir, October 21, 2018, under the direction of Dr. Susan Kelly
By night when others soundly slept
And hath at once both ease and Rest,
My waking eyes were open kept
And so to lie I found it best.
I sought him whom my Soul did Love,
With tears I sought him earnestly.
He bow'd his ear down from Above.
In vain I did not seek or cry.
My hungry Soul he fill'd with Good;
He in his Bottle put my tears,
My smarting wounds washt in his blood,
And banisht thence my Doubts and fears.
What to my Saviour shall I give
Who freely hath done this for me?
I'll serve him here whilst I shall live
And Love him to Eternity.
~ Anne Bradstreet
From the composer:
"This piece came out of a request from a choral director for a sacred work, and I decided I wanted to use a text that was not overly used and that was by a woman, which led me to Anne Bradstreet. I fell in love with these words and they immediately "sang" to me. I am also fascinated by her time in history (1600s puritan New England), and loved the flavor of that time period infused in the text."