Thoughts on Hosea
In reflecting on Lent, I thought of the words to the hymn, Hosea, by Gergory Norbert. Come back to me with all your heart, and then, particularly of the refrain: Long have I waited for your coming. . .I never liked the note values which were given to those words, so I took the liberty of changing them, in my variations. I also wanted the listener to feel a sense of longing, or urgency, which, to me, was lacking in the original piece.
Richard Smith (Slamiszkis)