(Anthem for SSA Chorus and Keyboard Accompaniment)
In 1978, while living in Binghamton, New York, I set three ancient Celtic invocations and did so with a variety of scoring: One was for SA/TB chorus and keyboard accompaniment, one for SSA chorus and keyboard accompaniment and one for SATB chorus, a cappella. All three were published in 1982 by Music 70 and, later, reassigned to Subito.
Desires is for SSA Chorus and Keyboard Accompaniment and is dedicated to my mother, Hester Helms Locklair. It is approximately three minutes in length.
May I speak each day according to Thy justice,
Each day may I show Thy chastening, O God;
May I speak each day according to Thy wisdom,
Each day and night may I be at peace with Thee.
Each day may I count the causes of Thy mercy,
May I each day give heed to Thy laws;
Each day may I compose to Thee a song,
May I harp each day Thy praise, O God.
May I each day give love to Thee, Jesu,
Each night may I do the same;
Each day and night, dark and light,
May I laud Thy goodness to me, O God.