a cappella SATB (score, mp3 recording, mp3 rehearsal tracks) – 1st verse, Alice Henderson, 2nd verse Peter Amidon – music Marianne Zimmerman – arr. Peter Amidon
You get a pdf of the score, and mp3 of the recording, and four mp3 rehearsal soprano, alto, tenor and bass rehearsal tracks. In the Amidons’ book ‘Fifty-five Anthems for the Small Church Choir‘ Sung here by Cora Nielson Kelly, Louisa Sullivan Hungate, Emma Schneider, Suzannah Park, Emily Miller, Rhys Glennon, Arthur Davis, Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin, and Stefan Amidon. Harry and Edith Barron joined the Bruderhof, a pacifist spiritual community, after it had fled Nazi Germany and settled in England. World War II forced the community to move to the jungles of Paraguay where they built their own houses, grew their own food, and sang and sang. Harry and Edith ended up in Brattleboro after they left the Bruderhof, and the Amidons felt doubly blessed to get to know them and to learn this song.
Here is the song with a photo slide show on Youtube.
The Silver Rain
1st verse by Alice Henderson
2nd verse by Peter Amidon
The silver rain, the shining sun,
And fields where scarlet poppies run,
And all the ripples of the wheat
Are in the bread that I do eat.
For when I sit at every meal and say a grace,
I always feel that I am eating rain and sun,
And fields where scarlet poppies run.
The fields below, the skies above
Enfold us in God’s arms of love
The clouds of mist, the endless sea,
Become a part of you and me.
The precious atmosphere that girths
The narrow vault twixt heav’n and earth
For this we offer prayers and laud:
The life sustaining breath of God.