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THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB Music by John Larsson; lyrics by John Gowans. Based on the poem General William Booth Enters Into Heaven by Vachel Lindsay THE POEM poem depicts William Booth leading a vast procession of humanity, redeemed and 'washed in the Blood of the Lamb', in a triumphant march into Heaven. Jesus awaits them, and as they pass by they are miraculously transformed - 'the lame are straightened', 'blind eyes are opened'. and they march on spotless, clad in raiment new. As Booth halts by the kerb for prayer he sees his Master come gently with robe and crown, and he kneels 'a-weeping in that holy place'. THE POET- Vachel Lindsay was a gifted and original American writer and poet who became famous at the age of 33 when Poetry, Chicago published his poem on Booth in 1913. The Review of Reviews described it as'perhaps the most remarkable poem of a decade'. Subsequently the poem was included in many anthologies and is probably his best-known single work. It was chief among the twenty or so of his poems which audiences demanded so often that Lindsay grew tired of reciting them. The poem was created shortly after Booth's death, in one surging effort as the author 'walked in Los Angeles' Sixth Street Park all one frenzied night'. It reflects Lindsays earlier contacts with The Salvation Army in Springfield, Illinois, where as a youth he would often stroll down to the open-air meeting stand outside the courthouse. As his biographer, Eleanor Ruggles describes: 'The Salvation Army band, a dedicated cluster, could be heard a block away, shouting salvation into the Illinois dusk, pounding it on the kettledrum and blaring it on the trumpet as the men and women in their shabby uniforms sang: "Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power? Are you washed in the Blood of the Lamb?" Then they knelt in a row on the courthouse grass and prayed aloud, Lindsay with them'. MUSICAL NUMBERS: Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb? I Just Know Fancy That! Moment by Moment Bill Booth's Army Strike a Light! If the Son Has Made Us Free There's Only One Flag For Me! I'll Make My Promises They Shall Come From the East William Booth's Speech Who Are These People? INSTRUMENTATION Trumpet I, II Trombone I, II, III Piano Organ Rhythm Guitar Bass Guitar Tuba Percussion Flute db Piccolo Synthesizer G E N E RAL W I LLIAM BOOTH ENTERS INTO HEAVEN Booth led boldly with his big bass drum. (Are you washed in the Blood of the Lamb?) The saints smiled gravely, and they said, `He's come!' (Are you washed in the Blood of the Lamb?) Walking lepers followed, rank on rank, Lurching bravoes from the ditches dank, Drabs from the alleyways, and drug-fiends pale - Minds still passion-ridden, soul-powers frail! Vermin-eaten saints with mouldy breath, Unwashed legions with the ways of death (Are you washed in the Blood of the Lamb?)