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The Eternal One

A tender portrait of the divine
Poet/Lyricist: 
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson's seminal essay, "The Oversoul," extols a supreme being endowed with infinite benevolence, beauty, omnipresence, and, above all, unity with all beings.  The lyric of this warm and tender ballad is comprised of some of the most poetic images from this essay, creating a portrait of God that is both powerful and intimate.

The Eternal One was originally composed as part of the concert-length work, Go Out!

This song is also available in the collection A Love Like That: Songs of Unconditional Love.

Vocal Ranges:  Low: a-c#" / Medium: c'-e" / High: e'-g"

Item Instrumentation/Voicing Duration Level Audio Peruse Delivery Method (Print vs. Digital) Price Quantity
SEA-093-00 Low voice, piano - Piano/Vocal Score
4' M Sheet Music $7.00
SEA-093-00DEL Low voice, piano - Piano/Vocal Score
4' M Licensed PDF $7.00
SEA-093-01 Medium voice, piano - Piano/Vocal Score
4' M https://seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/recording-alexander-the_eternal_one_medium_voice.mp3 Sheet Music $7.00
SEA-093-01DEL Medium voice, piano - Piano/Vocal Score
4' ME https://seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/recording-alexander-the_eternal_one_medium_voice.mp3 Licensed PDF $7.00
SEA-093-02 High voice, piano - Piano/Vocal Score
4' M https://seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/recording-alexander-the_eternal_one_high_voice.mp3 Sheet Music $7.00
SEA-093-02DEL High voice, piano - Piano/Vocal Score
4' M https://seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/recording-alexander-the_eternal_one_high_voice.mp3 Licensed PDF $7.00

The Over-soul (excerpt)

Essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Excerpted / adapted by Elizabeth Alexander

It comes to the lowly,
It comes to the simple,
It comes to whomever will put off what is foreign or proud.
It comes as insight,
It comes as serenity,
It comes as grandeur.
Within us the soul of the whole,
Within us the wise silence,
Within us the universal beauty
To which every part and particle is equally related:
The Eternal ONE.

When it breathes through our intellect, it is genius.
When it breathes through our will, it is virtue.
When it flows through our affection, it is love.

Forever and ever, forever and ever,
There is no ceiling between our heads and the infinite heavens.
Within us the soul of the whole,
Within us the wise silence,
Within us the universal beauty:
The Eternal ONE.

Performers: 

Premiere: John Huber and Elizabeth Alexander. UUMN National Conference (Madison, WI)
Andy Wilkowske and Elizabeth Alexander (St. Paul, MN)
Beena David. First Unitarian Church of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Briana Moynihan and Benton Schmidt (Minneapolis, MN)
Choir of First Parish in Concord / Beth Norton (Concord, MA)
Jason Shelton (Nashville, TN)
Jeanette Lallier. Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly (Portland, OR)
Kris-Anne Weiss and Ruth Palmer (St. Paul, MN)
Sarah Ponder Brock (Chicago, IL)
Shreyas Patel and Susan Snyder (Nashville, TN)

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