The Music of Elizabeth Alexander

Hear Us, O Never-Failing Light

An ancient Mozarabic Easter prayer extolling the bounty of divine Light

Words by Mozarabic Easter Eve prayer

An evocative musical setting of the Easter Eve Prayer of the Mozarabic Christians, who flourished on the Iberian Peninsula in the 8th-11th century. Images of fire, light and illumination are woven throughout this song of devotion and awe.

This flexibly-voiced edition contains three completely different arrangements of this song. Depending on the specific voicing of your choir, you may sing this song in 2, 3 or 4 parts, for treble, bass or mixed chorus.

Hear Us, O Never-Failing Light is the the first movement of the three-movement work, Pure Light Beyond Light.

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Hear us, O never-failing Light,
May our souls be lamps of Thine,
Kindled and illumined by Thee.
May they shine and burn with truth,
And never go out in ashes.
May we be Thy dwelling,
Shining from Thee, shining in Thee.
May we shine and fail not;
May we ever worship Thee.
May we shine forth inwardly
And the light of perpetual faith abide in us.

Mozarabic Easter Eve prayer

Translation by William Bright
Adapted by Elizabeth Alexander



Premiere: Bethlehem Academy Choir / Jonathan Kopplin (Faribault, MN)
Choir of First Baptist Church / Shawn Potter (Ottawa, ON)
Choir of Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills / Suzanne Cartreine (Wellesley Hills, MA)
Harvard Choral Fellows / Carson Cooman (Cambridge, MA)
Lumina Women’s Ensemble (St. Paul, MN)