Hubble ascending, Op. 27 (Peter Bird)

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  • (Posted 2015-06-16)   CPDL #35774:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Peter Bird (submitted 2015-06-16).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 108 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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General Information

Title: Hubble ascending, Op. 27
Composer: Peter Bird
Lyricist: Peter Bird

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2015

Description: Dedication: To honor 25 years of research and discovery with the Hubble Space Telescope, and all the scientists, engineers, and astronauts whose skill and hard work made it possible. Length 4:30

External websites: http://peterbird.name/choral

Original text and translations

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O eye of Man that flies
above the stratosphere,
above the busy air,
in silent sunlight fair
or shaded by the Earth;
now stately turning 'round,
on gyros ever sure,
as light at last arrives
across ten billion years;

O eye of Man that sees
the flowers of the sky,
expanding as they fly;
the pillars of creation
and the rookeries of stars;
the swirling galaxies;
and sister worlds of Earth;
and all the reel of Time unwound;
creation, and rebirth:

Grant us humility
to see ourselves,
and our very, very, very
small but precious
home.