Saturday, September 12, 2009

My sacrifice: A Contrite Spirit

In penance for my occasional lack of charity, in past postings and in one's to come, here's a real palate-cleanser, one of my favorite hymns.

Here are the lyrics:


My life flows on in endless song:
Above earth's lamentation,
I catch the sweet, tho' far-off hymn
That hails a new creation.
Through all the tumult and the strife
I hear the music ringing;
It finds an echo in my soul--
How can I keep from singing?

What tho' my joys and comfort die?
The Lord my Saviour liveth;
What tho' the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night he giveth.
No storm can shake my inmost calm,
While to that refuge clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth,
How can I keep from singing?

I lift my eyes; the cloud grows thin;
I see the blue above it;
And day by day this pathway smooths,
Since first I learned to love it.
The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
A fountain ever springing;
All things are mine since I am his--
How can I keep from singing?

1 comment:

billb said...

Thanks, Gil.

This hymn has been a favorite since I first heard Ed Gutfreund's version in the early 1980's. Today it consoles me along with the verses of Chapter 2 of Ecclesiasticus (Sirach).

"...the chosen are tested in humiliation..."