Oversize manuscript, undated as of 7/6/04. Peter says this is the second of his Easter anthems and estimates 1953. Subsequent research reveals that is was 1958.
Anthem: Ye Choir of New Jerusalem
Premiered on this day.
May 17, 1959
University Singers Program
The University Singers under the direction of Gerald Kechley will perform “Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem”; Easter Anthem for Choir, Brass, Organ and Percussion, by Peter Hallock on Wednesday evening, 8:30, Meany Hall on the University of Washington Campus. Admission in complimentary.
Ye choirs of new Jerusalem,
Your sweetest notes employ,
The Paschal victory to hymn
In strains of holy joy:
For Judah’s lion bursts his chains,
Crushing the serpent’s head,
And cries aloud through death’s domain
To wake the imprisoned dead.
Devouring depths of hell their prey
At his command restore;
His ransomed hosts pursue their way
Where Jesus goes before.
Triumphant in his glory now,
To him all power is given;
To him in one communion bow
All saints in earth and heaven.
While we, his soldiers, praise our King,
His mercy we implore
Within his palace bright to bring
And keep us evermore. Alleluia!