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Howard Helvey serves as Director of Music at Cincinnati’s historic Calvary Episcopal Church, and is noted particularly for his sacred choral music. His Eastertide anthem, “Awake, Arise!” is an energetic setting of words by the eighteenth-century English poet Christopher Smart, and incorporates the composer’s own hymn tune Hannaford Hall.

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Awake, arise, lift up thy voice,
which as a trumpet swell!
Rejoice in Christ! Again rejoice,
and on his praises dwell.
Let us not doubt, as doubted some,
when first the Lord appeared;
but full of faith and reverence come,
what time his voice is heard.
And even John, who ran so well,
confess upon our knees
the Prince who locks up death and hell,
and has himself the keys.
And thus through gladness and surprise
the saints their Savior treat;
nor will they trust their ears and eyes
but by his hands and feet:
those hands of liberal love indeed
in infinite degree,
those feet still free to move and bleed
for millions and for me.
O Dead arise! O Friendless, stand
by seraphim adored!
O Solitude, again command
thy host from heaven restored!

Christopher Smart (1722–1771)

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from Spring Bursts Today: A Celebration of Eastertide, released April 20, 2014

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Harvard University Choir Cambridge, Massachusetts

For over 175 years the Harvard University Choir has provided a unique opportunity for student singers to perform choral literature at the highest level, both in concert and during the services of the Memorial Church. Its program of daily choral services, broadcasts, tours, commissions, and recordings make it one of the premier college chapel ensembles in the United States. ... more

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