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More about Rick Graham:
I am a self-taught pianist that originally hails from Pennsylvania. I have a love of music that spans several decades. My Grandmother instilled in me the gift of listening to the sound of music no matter where it was. I was raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but sang as a young boy soprano in a boys choir for another church. Those years of learning music and techniques would forever stay with me as well as playing the recorder. I am married and am a grandfather and find great joy in my posterity. I moved to the Salt Lake area a couple years ago for employment and love it here (although I do miss my children and grandchildren terribly). I am humbled to be a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as a music missionary. I have been truly blessed and acknowledge all the gifts and blessings that I enjoy to Him, my Savior.
Song background:

This is unusual by LDS standards, but I found the words of a poem and knew I had to write a hymn. Some of the words of the poem have been modernized. Perhaps the timbre/solemness of where in Europe I am presently is influencing my music. But it would be suitable for a choir to sing and mix the verses amongst the choir. I was also thinking about making a soprano descant for the final verse. If that would interest you, let me know.

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Lyrics: By night when others soundly slept <br/>And hath at once both ease and Rest, <br/>My waking eyes were open kept <br/>And so to lie I found it best. <br/> <br/>I sought him whom my Soul did Love, <br/>With tears I sought him earnestly. <br/>He bow’d his ear down from Above. <br/>In vain I did not seek or cry. <br/> <br/>My hungry Soul he fill’d with Good; <br/>He in his Bottle put my tears, <br/>My smarting wounds washed in his blood, <br/>And banished thence my Doubts and fears. <br/> <br/>What to my Savior shall I give <br/>Who freely hath done this for me? <br/>I’ll serve him here whilst I shall live <br/>And Love him to Eternity.
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