David Ashley White (b. 1944) is a seventh-generation Texan, born in San Antonio, and he both studied and taught in Texas throughout his career. He majored in oboe at Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, in composition for his Masters in Music at the University of Houston, and received a DMA from the University of Texas at Austin. Since 1977 he has been on the faculty of the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, teaching theory and composition. White is a widely published composer of many types of compositions and has received many commissions. Selah Publishing Co. published three collections of his hymns.
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Wisdom freed a holy people,
blameless from oppressors’ sword,
and withstood, with signs and wonders,
rulers dread to serve the Lord.
Giving them reward of labors,
led the saints along her way,
she was blaze of stars in darkness
and a shelter through the day.