Beauty is before me

SATB, a cappella

“Beauty is before me, I am surrounded by it, I am immersed in it.” This tender Navajo prayer is set in a gently undulating 7/8 rhythm. Perfect for weddings and other rites of passage.

Beauty is before me,
and beauty behind me.
Above me and below me
hovers the beautiful.
I am surrounded by it,
I am immersed in it.

In my youth, I am aware of it,
and, in old age,
I shall walk quietly the beautiful trail.

In beauty it is begun.
In beauty, it is ended.

Navajo text

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