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Composed for the Chancel Choir of the Congregational Church of New Canaan (God's Acre), Dr. Jo Deen Blaine Davis, director of music
This festive and triumphant Easter anthem was written for the Congregational Church of New Canaan, Connecticut, in which the composer spent her childhood years. The famous aria from Handel's Messiah with the very appropriate words of "I know that my Redeemer liveth!" served as the starting inspiration.
Further investigation led to the discovery of the 19th-century poem by Jessie B. Pounds, "I Know that my Redeemer Liveth." The poem was adapted in various ways to create inspirational lyrics for the Easter season. The opening stanza returns at the end, but reordered so that the closing line is "My Savior lives again!"
Notes by the composer