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Short is Time (2009)

SATB a cappella

"Short is Time" was recorded in Bales Organ Recital Hall at the University of Kansas. The hall's natural reverberation is the only "processing" added to this live recording.

Short is time, and only time is bleak;
Gauge the exceeding height thou hast to climb:
Long eternity is nigh to seek:
Short is time.
Time is shortening with the wintry rime:
Pray and watch and pray, girt up and meek;
Praying, watching, praying, chime by chime.
Pray by silence if thou canst not speak:
Time is shortening; pray on till the prime:
Time is shortening; soul, fulfil thy week:
Short is time.

—Christina Rossetti (1830-94)