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O Love

Discussion Guide

I am pleased to offer free resources to serve choirs as we continue to seek ways to enhance our choral rehearsals. I hope these discussion guides will be of assistance and add meaningful dialogue in your ensembles!

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“O Love” was inspired by the words of Scottish minister, George Matheson in 1882. When he was blinded at the age of nineteen, his fiancé called off their engagement and his sister cared for him as he endured new challenges. Years later, on the eve of his sister’s wedding, he faced the painful reminder of his own heartache and loss as he penned the words to this hymn. Given a fresh melody, this setting (and optional cello) uses hopeful ascending lines representing renewed faith. Though lingering dissonances remind us of past heartache, the beautiful promise remains: “morn shall tearless be.”

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