Take it to the Lord! (2000)
Jane Clarke arr. Len Ballantine

Unity Series 282 (publ. 2002)
Duration: approx. 2:50

Take it to the Lord is my setting of the popular Singing Company (children's choir) song What a Friend  which was published in the UK SA's New Songs for Young People journal (Sept. 1991).

The late Jane Clarke's fabulous music gives new life to the age-old song of the same name:


What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

Joseph Scriven (1819-86)
SA Songbook 645 (Tune by Jane Clarke)



Official Unity Series Recording

Take it to the Lord.mp3



Sample score pages
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Take it to the Lord! p1&2.pdf Take it to the Lord! p1&2.pdf
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For the sake of continuity I would liked to have used the original song title What a Friend.  However by the time my arrangement came to publication, fellow composer and friend Paul Sharman had already produced a swing arrangement with that name a year before, so Take it to the Lord was the next best choice. 

You'll be pleased to know I still speak to Paul whenever I see him :-)  

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