Diversions (2017)

8 minutes
Choir SATB


I. Memento
II. The Shoulders of Giants
III. Psalm 14



I. Memento

Fresh corpses line the boulevard
as the streetlights do
and thrushes sing a requiem
for the old man who
lights a candle each morning.

— Michael Bembenek, Jr

II. The Shoulders of Giants

If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.

I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.

— Isaac Newton

III. Psalm 14

The fool hath said in his heart,
There is no God, they are corrupt, their works are repulsive,
There is none that doeth any good.
The Lord looked down from Heaven
Upon the children of man to see if there was one who understood and sought God
But they gone aside.
They are all together become filthy,
There is none that doeth any good.
Do all the foolish ones know nothing?
They eat up my people as they eat bread.
And call not upon the Lord.
They were great in fear for God is in the generation of the righteous.
Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor because the Lord is his refuge.
Oh that salvation for Israel would emerge from Zion when the Lord restores His people.
When the Lord restores His people let Jacob and Israel rejoice.

— translated by Mohammed Fairouz


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