Meditation on the Divine Will

(2006)

"Meditation on the Divine Will" is the final song of Christopher Berg's song cycle Lincoln Letters, which sets five letters of Abraham Lincoln.

This text is not a letter, but a note that Lincoln wrote in 1862 when the war was going badly. The note was later titled "Meditation on the Divine Will" by his secretary when it was discovered years after Lincoln's death.

This movement is a duet scored for baritone, tenor, and piano. Please contact Classical Vocal Reprints for publication information about this song cycle.

Meditation on the Divine Will


The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Each may be, and one must be wrong. God cannot be for, and against the same things at the same time. In the present civil war it is quite possible that God’s purpose is something different from the purpose of either party [—and yet the human instrumentalities, working just as they do, are of the best adaptation to effect His purpose.] I am almost ready to say this is probably true—that God wills this contest, and wills that it shall not end yet. By His mere quiet power, on the minds of the now contestants, He could have either saved or destroyed the Union without a human contest. Yet the contest began. And having begun He could give the final victory to either side any day. Yet the contest proceeds.


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