Music/Lyrics

A Singing School!

In the final stanza, Montgomery unites the choir on earth with the choir in heaven: Saints below, with heart and voice, Still in songs of praise rejoice; Learning here, by faith and love, Songs of praise to sing above. Hymns of glory, songs of praise, Father, unto Thee we raise; Jesu, glory unto Thee, Ever […]

Jesus, All My Gladness

Here let’s glance at another translation of the same German poem [Jesu, Meine Freude], by J.W. Wotherspoon (1912): + Wotherspoon… makes sure that the final line of the first stanza echoes the first line—they will be sung to the same notes—and that the final line of the entire hymn will repeat the first line exactly. […]

Saints and Signals

An email to my daughter in January of this year: I mentioned the other day how I liked what mom said to you with regard to pressure you might be feeling about balancing everything… getting school work done, spending time with family, etc. Mom said she asked you what was most important in your life, […]

He Withholds No Good Things From Us (3 Songs)

Enough (by Sara Groves from the album, Floodplain) Late nights, long hours Questions are drawn like a thin red line No comfort left over No safe harbor in sight Really we don’t need much Just strength to believe There’s honey in the rock, There’s more than we see In these patches of joy These stretches […]

The Dying Thief and the Pelican

Thomas Aquinas (1225-74) sets the gold standard for Eucharistic hymns….Let us look at his Adoro Te, translated into English as Lost, All Lost in Wonder, by the great Jesuit poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins: Godhead here in hiding, whom I do adore, Masked by these bare shadows, shape and nothing more, See, Lord, at thy service […]

I Burned For Your Peace

“With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit will I seek thee early” (Is 26:9). St. Augustine knew that longing, when he wrote this most poignant passage in his Confessions: Late have I loved you, Beauty so ancient and so new, late have I loved you! Lo, you were […]

How good to those who seek!

O hope of every contrite heart, O joy of all the meek, To those who fall, how kind Thou art! How good to those who seek! The Lord is kind to those who fall, as the Samaritan was kind to the man who had fallen among thieves; but He is good beyond description, bounteous, to […]