I CANNOT DANCE

by Larry Nickel

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A stunning piece with flamenco rhythms for an accomplished choir; it was premiered by the Salt Lake Vocal Artists at the National ACDA convention in 2015. The text was written by Mechthild of Magdeburg in the 13th century.

LYRICS

I
I can
I cannot
I cannot dance
I cannot dance, O Lord
unless You lead me

If You want me to leap with joy
let me see You dance and sing

Alleluia

Docete me, docete me saltare
(teach me to dance)
I cannot dance, O Lord, unless you lead me

If you want me to leap joyfully
let me see You dance and sing, O Lord
Fill me with Your joy

Then I shall leap into Love
and from Love into Knowledge
then from Knowledge into Harvest
Sweetest fruit of the vine

Leap into love
Love into Knowledge
Knowledge into Harvest
Sweetest fruit, beyond all human sensation

There I will stay with You
whirling and twirling

Alleluia – dance for joy!

poet – Mechthild of Magdeburg (13th century)

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