Still to Dust (SSAATTBB) – PDF Download


Duration c.5.5′

Suitable for: Professional or amateur choirs.

Themes: Sacred, Easter, Palm Sunday.

Still to Dust was commissioned by the Master and Fellows of St John’s College, Cambridge. It was first performed on Saturday 9 March 2024 by The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, directed by Christopher Gray.

Still to Dust is part of a triptych commission for The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, which also includes The Hidden Light and Refugee.

Text: Malcolm Guite

Receive this cross of ash upon your brow,
Brought from the burning of Palm Sunday’s cross.
The forests of the world are burning now
And you make late repentance for the loss.
But all the trees of God would clap their hands

The very stones themselves would shout and sing
If you could covenant to love these lands
And recognise in Christ their Lord and king.
He sees the slow destruction of those trees,
He weeps to see the ancient places burn,
And still you make what purchases you please,
And still to dust and ashes you return.
But Hope could rise from ashes even now
Beginning with this sign upon your brow.

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