83A. Do Not Keep Silent, O God

Text Information
First Line: Your enemies rise up in tumult
Title: Do Not Keep Silent, O God
Author: Iona Community
Publication Date: 2012
Scripture: Psalm 83
Topic: Biblical Names and Places: Amalek; Biblical Names and Places: Ammon; Biblical Names and Places: Assyria (20 more...)
Refrain First Line: Do not keep silent, O God
Notes: Sung angrily. keep the half-note pulse steady from the refrain to the verses.
Copyright: © 1993 Wild Goose Resource Group, Iona Community, Scotland, GIA Publications, Inc., exclusive North American agent
Tune Information
Name: TEMPEST WIND
Composer: Iona Community
Key: c minor
Copyright: © 1993 Wild Goose Resource Group, Iona Community, Scotland, GIA Publications, Inc., exclusive North American agent
Notes: John Bell commends this setting as a community lament—a protest song in which the people of God ask that those who are not merely political enemies but the enemies of heaven might be put down. The stanzas could be sung by a solo voice, but since this is a community lament, they should be sung by several people (e.g., men and women alternating). For the stanzas, the pulse is maintained and the text is chanted within these half-note pulses. The dissonance at the last chord of the verses is intentional.



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