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Peace with Me Now       * NEW! *
for Low voice & Piano

Lyrics: Walter de la Mare (1912)
Duration: 5 min.
Premiere: Minnesota Public Radio - aired Dec. 17, 2014
Premiered by: The Fairlanes
Published by: Abbie Betinis Music Co. (AB-090-S14)

Score Sample: Preview the score (low voice and piano) (PDF)

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Performed by: Laura Betinis Healy (Abbie's sister) and Anthony Healy

  LISTEN TO ABBIE'S INTERVIEW (Click to view/hide)

[0:00] Interview on the Burt Family Carol tradition
[3:40] We'll Dress the House (by Alfred Burt)
[5:10] Interview with Abbie on Peace with Me Now
[10:00] Peace with Me Now (by Abbie Burt Betinis)
Performed by: The Fairlanes, and featured on Classical Minnesota Public Radio

  LYRICS (Click to view/hide)
Peace with Me Now Adapt. from Walter de la Mare (1873-1956)
Clouded with snow
The cold winds blow,
And shrill on leafless bough
The robin with its burning breast
Alone sings now.

The rayless sun,
Day's journey done,
Sheds its last ebbing light
On fields in leagues of beauty spread
Unearthly white.

REFRAIN: Peace in thy hands,
        Peace in thine eyes,
        Peace on thy brow;
        Flower of a moment in the eternal hour,
        Peace with me now.

Thick draws the dark,
And spark by spark,
The frost-fires kindle, and soon
Over that sea of frozen foam
Floats the white moon.

All the night's dews,
All the world's leaves,
All winter's snow it would seem
Here with their quiet to have stilled...
Stilled in life's dream.


Lyrics © 2014 Abbie Betinis, from "Winter", and "The Ghost" by Walter de la Mare (1873-1956), originally published in The Listeners and Other Poems (1912). These lyrics in this form are under copyright, but may be reprinted from this website for uses related to this particular musical work. The original poems are in the public domain.

  PROGRAM NOTE (Click to view/hide)
In 1922, Rev. Bates G. Burt (Abbie's great-grandfather) began writing an original Christmas carol each year and sending it as a greeting card to his friends and family. In 1942, he passed the tradition to his son, Alfred Burt, a jazz trumpeter and young composer, who went on to write a total of fifteen Christmas carols, including the popular Caroling, Caroling and Some Children See Him, now sung and recorded by artists all over the world. Since 2001, Abbie has continued this family tradition.

Peace with Me Now was developed over many rehearsals with the a cappella group The Fairlanes, who invited Abbie to be their 1st tenor in spring 2014. It premiered on Minnesota Public Radio in December that year before being sent - as always - as a Christmas card to family and friends.

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The Fairlanes
Laura Betinis & Anthony Healy

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