A Seraphic Strain (2023)
for SATB Chorus Unaccompanied
Text by Phillis Wheatley
Harvard Ferris Choral Fellows; Edward Elwyn Jones, conductor
Duration: 1.5 min.
Dedication: for the inauguration of Claudine Gay as the 30th president of Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Commission: Commissioned by The Memorial Church, Harvard University
Arise, my soul, on wings enraptur’d, rise
To praise the grandeur of the earth and skies.
Celestial muse, my arduous flight sustain
And raise my mind to a seraphic strain.
Phillis Wheatley (1753–1784), alt.