Award of Special Recognition
2009 LDS Church Music Submission Competition

The Yoke

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The Yoke (SSATB)

The Yoke (Soprano Solo with Violin)

The Yoke (Mezzo Solo with Violin)

Difficulty Level: Medium

Performed by James Royce Edwards with Steven Stohs on Violin


"The Yoke" tells of Christ's childhood, His atonement for us, and His promise to bear our burdens as we take His yoke upon us.

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Text: Toni Thomas   Music: Diane Tuiofu

The scent of wood had always brought Him to

His Father's side and gentle childhood.

There as a boy, Jesus watched in awe

As Father shaped the world with plane and saw.


Now as a man, Master of his craft,

He takes the beam with willing hands.

For it is time to finish what He wrought,

A better yoke that burdens not.


The soldiers mock and lash the heavy beam

To shoulders raw from a night of scourging.

Through the winding streets the foul crowd still follows;

As Jesus bears their scorn, their sins, in silent sorrow.

See His piercing pain;

Watch His footsteps fail;

See them lift the cross;

Feel the cruel nails.


See His piercing pain;

Hear His heavy sighs;

"Why hast thou forsaken me?"

Alone, He cries.


Now is the time to finish what He wrought,

A perfect yoke, that burdens not.

Now is the time to make His promise good.

His only comfort now--


Is the scent of wood.


"Come unto me, for my yoke is easy."

"Come unto me."