Glenn Rudolph: The Dream Isaiah Saw – The Georgia Boy Choir

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Glenn Rudolph's 'The Dream Isaiah Saw' was commissioned by the the Bach Choir of Pittsburg in memory of the victims of the attacks on American targets September 11th, 2001 and refers to the prophet Isaiah's vision (Isaiah 2:1-5) of God's creation restored to peace and harmony through the word of the Lord from Jerusalem . Rudolph's text is from a poem written in 1994 by Thomas H. Troeger which presents a panoramic view of a Messianic Kingdom in which:

Peace will pervade more than forest and field:
God will transfigure the Violence concealed
deep in the heart and in systems of gain,
ripe for the judgement the Lord will ordain.

Rudolph finished composing the work on September 30th 2001. Although it's often sung as an Advent or Christmas song I've chosen to post it here as it was originally intended – a plea for peace and a song of rememberance. It's sung here by the Georgia Boy Choir.

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Lyrics: The Dream Isaiah Saw

Lions and oxen will sleep in the hay,
leopards will join with the lambs as they play,
wolves will be pastured with cows in the glade,
blood will not darken the earth that God made.

Little child whose bed is straw,
take new lodgings in my heart.
Bring the dream Isaiah saw:
life redeemed from fang and claw.

Peace will pervade more than forest and field:
God will transfigure the Violence concealed
deep in the heart and in systems of gain,
ripe for the judgement the Lord will ordain.

Little child whose bed is straw,
take new lodgings in my heart.
Bring the dream Isaiah saw:
justice purifying law.

Nature reordered to match God's intent,
nations obeying the call to repent,
all of creation completely restored,
filled with the knowledge and love of the Lord.

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