Archive for October 2010

The Language of God   1 comment

Rays of Light

Image Source = Wikipedia

Text Source = Gates of the House:  The New Union Prayerbook–Prayers and Readings for Home and Synagogue (New York:  Central Conference of American Rabbis, 1977), p. 222


There exists a silent, immanent language, a secret tongue,

It has no sound, syllable, only shade of hues:

Enchantments, splendid pictures, hosts of visions.

In this tongue God makes Himself known to those His spirit chooses,

In it the Royal Emissary of the world reflects upon His thoughts,

The Artist Creator embodies the thought of His heart,

And in it finds the solution of the unexpressed dream.

It is the language of images revealed

In a strip of blue sky and in its expanse,

In the purity of small clouds and in their dark mass,

In the tremor of golden wheat, in the pride of mighty cedars,

In the rustle of a dove’s pure wing,

And in the eaglewing’s sweep,

In the beauty of the human body, in the aura of a glance,

In the sea’s wrath, in the wave’s caprice and play,

In the overflowing night, in the silence of falling stars,

In the roar of light, in the rumble of sea flaming

With sunrises and sunsets…

Posted October 27, 2010 by neatnik2009 in All Day/Sleep 1900s, Nature 1900s

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How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place   1 comment

St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church, Athens, Georgia, U.S.A.

Image Source = parish website

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1982, of The Episcopal Church

A paraphrase of Psalm 84

The first two verses of the hymn come from The Psalms of David in Meeter (1650), of the Church of Scotland; the last two verses are by The Reverend Carl P. Daw, Jr., an Episcopal priest born in 1944.


1.  How lovely is thy dwelling place, O Lord of hosts to me!

My thirsty soul desires and longs within thy courts to be;

my weary heart and flesh cry out, O living God, for thee.

2.  Beside thine altars, gracious Lord, the swallows find a nest;

how happy they who dwell with thee and praise thee without rest,

and happy they whose hearts are set upon the pilgrim’s quest.

3.  Those who go through the desert vale will find it filled with springs,

and they shall climb from height to height till Zion’s temple rings

with praise to thee, in glory throned, Lord God, great King of kings.

4.  One day within thy courts excels a thousand spend away;

how happy they who keep thy laws nor from thy precepts stray,

for thou shalt surely bless all those who live the words they pray.

Lead On, O King Eternal   1 comment


Above:  Andover Theological Seminary, Andover, Massachusetts

Publisher and Copyright Claimant = Detroit Publishing Company

Image Source = Library of Congress


Reproduction Number = LC-D4-17218

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1982, of The Episcopal Church

Ernest Warburton Shurtleff (1862-1917), the author of this hymn, was a U.S. Congregationalist minister and poet who spent part of his career in Paris, France.

Shurtleff wrote this hymn for the 1887 graduating class of Andover Theological Seminary.


1.  Lead on, O King eternal,

The day of strife has come;

Henceforth in fields of conquest

Thy tents shall be our home;

Through forty days of preparation

Thy grace has made us strong,

And now, O King eternal,

We lift our battle song.

2.  Lead on, O King eternal,

Till sin’s fierce war shall cease,

And holiness shall whisper

The sweet amen of peace;

For not with swords loud clashing,

Nor roll of stirring drums,

But deeds of love and mercy,

The heavenly kingdom comes.

3.  Lead on, O King eternal:

We follow, not with fears;

For gladness breaks like morning

Where’er thy face appears.

Thy cross is lifted o’er us;

We journey in its light:

The crown awaits the conquest;

Lead on, O God of might!

Spirit of God, Unleashed on Earth   5 comments


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Hymn Source = Lutheran Book of Worship (1978), prepared by the Lutheran Church in America, The American Lutheran Church, The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada, and The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod

Words by the Reverend John W. Arthur (1922-1980), a Lutheran minister from 1946 to his death, mostly within the Lutheran Church in America; he devoted his career mostly to liturgics and campus ministry


1.  Spirit of God, unleashed on earth

With rush of wind and roar of flame;

With tongues of fire men spread good news;

Earth, kindling, blazed its loud acclaim.

2.  You came in pow’r, your Church was born;

O Holy Spirit, come again!

Raise up new saints from waters deep;

Let new tongues hail the risen Lord.

3.  Let new lips, tasting vict’ry won,

Inspire our hearts grown cold with fear;

Revive in us baptismal grace,

And fan our smold’ring lives to flame.

Alta Trinita Beata   6 comments

The Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, Ely, England, United Kingdom

Image Source = Wikipedia

A traditional text, originally in Italian


High and blessed Trinity,

By us always adored.

Glorious Trinity,

Marvelous unity,

You are savory manna

and all that we can desire.

O Thou Who Art the Shepherd   10 comments

A Spanish Shepherd

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Hymn Source = The Methodist Hymnal (1965), of The Methodist Church

Words by the Rev. John W. Shackford, born in 1878 and still alive in 1964; he was a leader in Christian education within the former Methodist Episcopal Church, South (extant 1845-1939)


1.  O Thou who art the shepherd

Of all the scattered sheep,

Who lovest all thy lost ones

On every mountain steep,

Create in us  a yearning

For those whom thou dost seek,

The hopeless and the burdened,

The crippled and the weak.

2.  We would be thy disciples

And all the hungry feed;

Nor seek our own salvation

Apart from others’ need;

These, Father, are thy children

Thou sendest us to ifind;

Help us by deeds of mercy

To show that thou art kind.

3.  Awake in us compassion,

O Lord of life divine;

Create in us thy spirit;

Give us a love like thine.

Help us to seek thy kingdom

That cometh from above,

And in thy great salvation,

Show forth thy boundless love.

In the Cross of Christ I Glory   12 comments

The Ruins of Old Coventry Cathedral, England

(The Nazis destroyed the cathedral during a blitz in World War II.)

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Hymn Source = The Methodist Hymnal (1965), of The Methodist Church

Words by Sir John Bowring (1792-1872), a hymn writer, a Member of Parliament, and a talented linguist


1.  In the cross of Christ I glory,

Towering o’er the wrecks of time;

All the light of sacred story

Gathers round its head sublime.

2.  When the woes of life o’er take me,

Hopes deceive, and fears annoy,

Never shall the cross forsake me:

Lo! it glows with peace and joy.

3.  When the sun of bliss is beaming

Light and love upon my way,

From the cross the radiance streaming

Adds more luster to the day.

4.  Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure,

By the cross are sanctified;

Peace is there, that knows no measure,

Joys that through all time abide.

5.  In the cross of Christ I glory,

Towering o’er the wrecks of time;

All the light of sacred story

Gathers round its head sublime.

Below:  The Interior of Old Coventry Cathedral in 1880