Come, Come, Whoever You Are (Ungar setting)

This buoyant, four-part canon by Lynn Ungar, a Unitarian Universalist pastor and poet, is based on a poem from the "school" of Rumi. While often attributed to him, it appears in manuscripts of other Persian writers of the late 13th century. 

Try lining out each phrase using call and echo until the group is confident. Then add the melodic ostinato to complete the poem. This setting is effective as a gathering or welcoming song, a Call to Worship, during Lent, and times of spiritual pilgrimage.

"Come, come, whoever you are,
wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving. 
Ours is no caravan of despair.
Come, yet again, come!"

Though you've broken your vows a thousand times...

While Rev. Ungar holds the copyright to the song, communities are welcome to use it for worship without restrictions or cost.

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