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Laurelton. L.M.

An F♯ minor plain tune in 4/4 time. Composed 2011-12.

Text from Isaac Watts, 1707-9.

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Description

I wrote Laurelton at my opthalmologist's office in Forest Hills, Queens, NY. I wrote the song and was convinced that I needed to attach a fugue after the plain section until I realized that I loved it just the way it was.

The song is named for my grandmother's town of residence. My family moved around a lot while I was growing up, but my grandmother's home has been one of the constants in my life.

Published in Volume 2, Issue 2 of The Trumpet.

Text

I send the joys of earth away;
Away, ye tempters of the mind,
False as the smooth, deceitful sea,
And empty as the whistling wind. 

Your waves were floating me along
Down to the gulf of dark despair;
And while I listened to your song,
Your streams had e’en conveyed me there.

Lord, I adore Thy matchless grace,
That warned me of that dark abyss!
That drew me from those treacherous seas,
And bade me seek superior bliss.