Set Me as a Seal (2017)
For SATB chorus, unaccompanied; premiered Sunday, February 11, 2018, 11:00 A.M. at King's Chapel, Boston under the direction of Heinrich Christensen; performed as part of the service.
Set Me as a Seal is a setting of text commonly excerpted from the Song of Solomon, 8:6. Unlike many settings of the same text, the Ramsay work reflects an introspective, sober interpretation of this biblical passage which is so often associated with marriage services:
Set me as a seal upon thine heart,
As a seal upon thine arm:
For love is strong as death;
Many waters cannot quench love,
Neither can the floods drown it.
from Song of Solomon, 8:6 (King James version)
The piece runs approximately 4 minutes and 30 seconds. It is dedicated to Leigh Royden and John Diniz.