Oh Earth

Oh Earth

SATB chorus a capella (some divisi)

Commissioned and premiered April 14th, 2018 in Toronto, ON, Canada by Central Bucks West Choir, Joseph Ohrt – Conductor.



SCORE & AUDIO available now through Santa Barbara Music Publishing.

SBMP 1515





OH EARTH is a choral setting of Canadian poet Archibald Lampman’s A Prayer. It was commissioned in 2018 by Joseph Ohrt and the Central Bucks West Choir for a concert of new music by young Toronto area composers on the theme of global conservation. The song is intended as a humble declaration of reverence for everything the Earth provides us, both physically and spiritually.


3 minutes


Nature — Environmental — Light





Archibald Lampman (1861-1899)

A Prayer

Oh Earth, oh dewy Mother, breathe on us

Something of all thy beauty and thy might,

Us that are part of day, but most of night,

Not strong like thee, but ever burdened thus

With glooms and cares, things pale and dolorous

Whose gladest moments are not wholly bright

Something of all thy freshness and thy light,

Oh Earth, oh mighty Mother, breathe on us.


Oh Earth, oh mighty Mother, breathe on us.

Oh Mother, who wast long before our day,

And after us full many an age shalt be.

Careworn and blind, we wander from thy way:

Born of thy strength, yet weak and halt are we

Grant us, oh Mother, therefore, us who pray,

Some little of thy light and majesty.


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