Face of the Deep

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These five songs are based on the poetry of Christina Rossetti in her book The Face of the Deep: A Devotional Commentary on the Apocalypse. We released these songs for Advent 2019 because in this season of waiting to celebrate the incarnation we also anticipate the final unveiling. We all live and love and create and grieve between the already and the not yet, between the first coming and the second.

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released December 6, 2019

Elizabeth Duffy: vocals; cello on 1, and 5
Kaitlyn Ferry: vocals; violin on 1, 2, 4 and 5; mandolin on 1
Andy Bast: bass & guitar on 4 and 5
Timothy Boyce: lap steel on 2 and 4
Jacob Helder: guitar on 2 and 3; percussion on 4
Noah McLaren: harmonium on 3
Nate Roberts: banjo on 2 and 4
Naaman Wood: piano on 3

All lyrics by Christina Rossetti in The Face of the Deep
Music and additional lyrics by Elizabeth Duffy on 4
Music and additional lyrics by Kaitlyn Ferry on 1, 2 and 5
Additional lyrics by Naaman Wood and Music by Kaitlyn Ferry on 3
String arrangement on 5 by Naaman Wood

Produced, mixed and mastered by Drew Elliot
Engineered by Drew Elliot at Hope College, Holland, MI
Cover art by Blake Johnson
Executive producer: Bruce Benedict

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Track Name: That We Might See
Lord grant us eyes that we might see
Within the seed a mighty tree
Within the glowing egg a bird
Within the shroud a butterfly

Then taught by such as these we see
Beyond all creatures it is thee
And listening for thy tender voice
We hear "fear not for it is I"
Track Name: Yes I Knew
Oh Lord, when you called me did you know
My heart was dejected thro’ and thro’?
Still longing for my captor’s land
Where vineyards and melons grow

Yes I knew, yes I knew
And I called you still, and I called you child
Yes I knew, yes I knew
And I call you now, precious child

But Lord, when you chose me did you know
How marred I was and withered too?
No rose for sweetness, no virtue in me
Timid and rash, hasty, slow

Yes I knew, yes I knew
And I chose you still, and I chose you child
Yes I knew, yes I knew
And I choose you now, precious child

My Lord, when you loved me did you know
How weak were my efforts and how few?
Tepid to love and helpless to do
Jealous to reap, slack to sow

Yes I knew, yes I knew
And I loved you still, and I loved you child
Yes I knew, yes I knew
And I love you now, precious child

Good Lord, who knows all that I cannot know
You dare to know my false my true
My new, my old; good Lord how could you
Love if you’ve known me so?

Yes I knew, yes I knew
Oh I knew you then, yes, I knew you child
Yes I knew, yes I knew
And I know you now, precious child
Track Name: Center
You who were the center of a stable
With saints and harmless cattle for your court
Grant us lowliness

You who were the center of the Temple
With doves and elder saints your company
Grant us purity

You who were the center of all waters
At your washing in the river Jordan
Grant us holiness

You who were the center of the mountains
Upon the hillside of Beatitude
Grant us seats with you

You who were the center of all harvests
on the Sabbath in the fields of wheat
Grant us gathering

You who were the center of all feasting
Within the upper chamber breaking bread
Grant us thanksgiving

You who were the center of all sorrow
Within the gardens of Gethsemane
Grant us perfect peace

You who were the center of all the whole earth
Upon a wretched cross in Calvary
Reign over all things

You who were the center of all living
Within the womb of death your borrowed tomb
Remember we are dust

You who were the center

Remember us
Remember all
Our all in all
Our all in all
Remember us
When you come
Into your Kingdom
Our all in all
Track Name: Voices
Voices from above and from beneath
Voices of creation near and far
Voices out of life and out of death
From infinite space
Sun, moon, star
One and whole offering praise

For love is now and love is our end

Heaven, earth and sea all aspring
Joyful all living things therein
Filled to fullest overflow they sing
Still onward swell
Still begin
Never tire to praise you well

For love is now and love is our end

For we all must fall silent in awhile
Though now we sing our songs so sweet and rare
Sun ourselves today, keep peace and smile
And let love upward
Send our prayer
For love is now and love is our end

For love is now and love is our end
Track Name: No Other Name
No other lamb, no other name
No other hope in heaven earth or sea
No hiding place from guilt or shame
None besides thee

My faith burns low, my hope burns low
My heart's desire cries out in me
By the deep roar of want and woe
I cry out to thee
I cry out to thee

Oh you are life though I am dead
You are love's fire however cold I may be
I have to heaven, I have no rest
No home besides thee
No home besides thee

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