What a beautiful and appealing anthem.
Full Title A Gaelic Blessing, by John Rutter (b.1945)
Notes So well known that it has the nickname “A Garlic Dressing”, it was commissioned by an American Methodist church in 1978.
Each line begins with the phrase ‘Deep Peace’, and the anthem starts out in a meditative mood, before building to a climax, subsiding at the very end.
Duration 2 minutes
- Choir accompanied by organ or piano
- Solo singer accompanied by organ or piano
- Piano alone
- Organ alone
Source of printed music published by OUP
Deep peace of the running wave to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the gentle night to you.
Moon and stars pour their healing light on you.
Deep peace of Christ
the light of the world to you.
Deep peace of Christ to you.
The words are adapted from an old Gaelic rune