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February 04, 2007

622R O Wisdom Reigns Supreme

Title: "O Wisdom Reigns Supreme," United Presbyterian Psalter (1887), Psalm 99, adapted REH (2007), ST. MICHAEL, S.M.D., Louis Bourgeois (1551), adapted William Crotch (1836). Psalm 99 is the lectionary reading for Transfiguration A & C, and Proper 24A/Ordinary 29A. Alternative tunes include ICH HALTE TREULICH STILL, S.M.D. and ST. AUGUSTINE, S.M.D. ST. MICHAEL, usually in S.M., should be well-known to most Unitarian Universalists, as the tune to the hymn "Where Is Our Holy Church?"

ST. MICHAEL (S.M.D.)

1. O Wis-dom reigns su-preme,
that all the world may wake,
though dwell-ing with the wing-ed ones,
the Earth's deep core may shake.
Lies in Je-ru-sa-lem,
the Sove-reign's sa-cred throne,
where three creeds sing one ho-ly Name,
that ev-er Life be known.

2. Our God does mer-cy love,
and jus-tice does main-tain:
In-te-gri-ty and eth-ics too
in Ja-cob did sus-tain.
May all sing prais-es high,
and Earth in prais-es laud:
All at the foot-stool wor-ship-ing,
for ho-ly is our God.

3. O Mos-es, Aar-on, priests,
all who on true Love call,
and Sa-muel trust-ing too in God,
who then an-swered them all.
Through pil-lar of Earth's clouds,
the Ho-ly One did speak:
who did set forth a cov-e-nant,
the Tor-ah, hence to keep.

4. O God, our gra-cious God,
who does a mes-sage send;
Love grants us par-don for our deeds,
that jus-tice may im-pend.
May all sing prais-es high,
and Earth in prais-es laud,
and cel-e-brate the moun-tain tops,
for ho-ly is our God.

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February 07, 2007

623R All Who With Full Intent and Mind

Words: William Kethe (circa 1561), Psalm 91:1-2, 8-16, adapted REH (2007) ; Music: WER DA WONET (L.M.D.), Vehe’s Gesangbüchlein (1537); Alternative: ANGLO-GENEVAN PSALM 91, L.M.D., French melody (1561). Lent 1C, Proper 21C, Proper 24B. God is Love, 1 John 4:8, 16.

WER DA WONET (L.M.D.)

ANGLO-GENEVAN PSALM 91 (L.M.D.)

1. All who with full in-tent and mind
in Love's high peaks by faith do dwell:
whose gra-cious pow-er all shall find
the saf-est place to serve them well.
Now say un-to our God will I,
"O you in-deed are hope most sure:
For God is Love, thus will I cry
my trust in you for-ev-er more!"

2. O all shall cer-tain-ly be-hold
what jus-tice have the self- ish earned;
but when true Love is your strong-hold,
lo, hence to Life the soul is turned.
Then will no dan-gers vis-it you,
nor will your tent or ground-cloth stir;
for come the an-gels forth a-new,
and to their strength all do de-fer.

3. So fierce-ly they shall you de-fend,
that harm you shall be sure of none,
nor you so much as once of-fend,
nor dash your foot a-gainst a stone.
You shall a-mongst the li-ons tread,
the dra-gon and the asp al-so;
O you shall nev-er live in dread,
as you a-mongst them safe-ly go.

4. For so the Sove-reign One a- bove,
bold-ly de-clares, "I know your name."
I thus will lift my praise to Love,
and foes con-found who seek Love's shame.
On me shall Life call when in need,
and I will hear though still in doubt;
in trou-bles I res-pond with speed,
that God be glor-i-fied through-out.

5. The years that shall be Time's de-sire,
that we in grace full-well may spend;
our health and life and love en-tire,
will serve all well and have no end.
All who with full in-tent and mind
in Love's high peaks by faith do dwell:
whose gra-cious pow-er all shall find
the saf-est place to serve them well.

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