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O God, Thy sea is so great and my boat is so small...

SATB (div), 7'00" (2017)

“O God, thy sea is so great and my boat is so small” is the opening to an old Breton fisherman’s prayer. It was inscribed on a small plaque given to President John F. Kennedy by Admiral Hyman Rickover, who gave the quote to all new submarine captains entering Naval service under his command. It became a favourite quote of the President’s, and he kept this plaque on his Oval Office desk throughout his time in office. It now resides on display at the Kennedy Presidential Library. This piece sets this text in a way that hopefully communicates the vast beauty and terror of the world that humanity has to contend with, along with the importance of mindfulness and humility in our relationship with the world for all people, particularly our leaders.

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