April 02, 2005

25R Sovereign and Transforming Grace

Original Title: "Sovereign and Transforming Grace," Frederic Henry Hedge (1829), ORIENTIS PARTIBUS, 7.7.7.7., Pierre de Corbeil (died 1222) (second tune GOTTSHALK, 7.7.7.7., (adapted from Louis Moreau Gottshalk)); New Title: Same hymn name, rev. REH (2005), ORIENTIS PARTIBUS. Hedge served as the President of the American Unitarian Association, and edited the 1853 Unitarian hymnal, Hymns for the Church of Christ (Boston). He wrote this hymn for the ordination of a friend. "[J]ust as sin exercised dominion in death, so grace might also exercise dominion . . . leading to eternal life," Romans 5:21. "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God." Romans 12:2. The hymn appears in Singing the Living Tradition as no. 33 and in The New Century Hymnal as no. 512, both to the tune MANTON.

ORIENTIS PARTIBUS (7.7.7.7.)

1. Sove-reign and trans-form-ing grace,
we in-voke your quick-ening light;
Reign the spir-it of this place,
bless the pur-pose of this hour.

2. Ho-ly and cre-a-tive light,
we in-voke your kind-ling ray;
Dawn up-on our spir-its' night,
as the dark-ness turns to day.


3. To the anx-ious soul im-part
hope, all o-ther hopes a-bove;
Stir the dull and hard-ened heart
with a long-ing and a love.

4. Work in all; In all re-new
day by day the life di-vine.
All our wills to you sub-due,
all our hearts to you in-cline. A-men


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April 21, 2005

43R O God, Our Dwelling Place

Original Title: "O God, Our Dwelling Place," Lewis Gilbert Wilson (1912), ST. EDMUND, 6.4.6.4.6.6.6.4., Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1872); New Title: Same hymn title, rev. REH (2005), DOWN AMPNEY, 6.6.11.6.6.11., Ralph Vaughan Williams (1906). Lewis Gilbert Wilson was an American Unitarian. He wrote about Hopedale, Massachusetts, a 19th cenutry communal experiment in "Practical Christianity," founded by Universalist Adin Ballou. He likewise edited "The Christian Doctrine of Non-Resistance," written by Adin Ballou and Leo Tolstoi. Arthur Seymour Sullivan, an Englishman, was one-half of the musical team of Gilbert and Sullivan. The hymn appears in neither Singing the Living Tradition nor in The New Century Hymnal. The hymn echoes many psalms, including in the last stanza Psalm 51:10, 15, "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. . . . O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise." Verse 2 resonates with Psalm 36:9, "For with you is the fountain of life." Verse One, 'From his dwelling place [God] watches all who live on earth . . . the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love," see Psalm 33:14, 18; Psalm 148. Psalm 32:7, "You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble."

DOWN AMPNEY (6.6.11.6.6.11.)

1. O God, our dwell-ing place,
our times are ev-er thine;
Through all our years we trace love's large de-sign.
Lure us to high de-sire
and with ce-les-tial fire
in all our souls in-spire thy love di-vine.

2. O Fount, un-spent and pure,
the faint-ing hu-man soul
thou canst from death re-store, its grief con-sole.
Health thou a-lone canst give;
O let all hearts re-ceive!
Bid us a-rise and live, by thee made whole.

3. Bless thou our thought of thee,
to err-or weak-ly prone;
in hol-ier song may we thy name en- throne.
By widen-ing du-ties cast
with-in thy pur-pose vast,
may we know thee at last as we are known.

4. In ser-vice strong and fair
forth may we brave-ly go;
Thy grand realm to pre-pare, thy truth to know.
For tem-ples let us raise;
Pure hearts that sing thy praise;
And un-to end-less days thy glo-ry show.

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May 12, 2005

56R O Love Divine

Original Title: "O Love Divine, Whose Constant Beam," adapted from John Greenleaf Whittier, first tune, PUER NOBIS NASCITUR, L.M., Michael Praetorius (1609), alternative tune, ROCKINGHAM, L.M., second tune, RIVAULX, John Bacchus Dykes (1866); New Title: "O Love Divine," rev. REH (2006), MONTE CASSINO, L.M., Italian Hymn Melody. " I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream," Numbers 12:6, see also Job 33:15, Genesis 20:3-7. Genesis 28:12, "And [Jacob] dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it." Jeremiah 23:25, "I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed." "And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them," Acts 2:3, see also Acts 2:7-11, Acts 10:44-46, 1 Corinthians 12:10, Mark 16:17. John 1:32, " I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove," see also Matthew 3:16, Song of Solomon 2:14, 5:2, 12. "God planted a garden eastward in Eden," Genesis 2:8 see also Genesis 2:15. Psalm 46:10, "Be still, and know that I am God." "Do good to them that hate you . . . for [God] maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust," Matthew 5:44-45. Neither Singing the Living Tradition nor The New Century Hymnal includes the hymn.

MONTE CASSINO (L.M.)

1. O Love Di-vine, whose con-stant stream
yet flows when we can-not per-ceive,
and waits to bless all, while we dream;
O stay though we may turn from thee!

2. All souls oft strug-gle and as-pire,
all hearts through thee rest still and deep;
And, dim or clear, thy tongues of fire,
on dusty lands and cen-tu-ries sleep.

3. And eve-ry-where the Spir-it moves
with all, as un-der Ed-en's trees,
in gard-ens of the heart, faith proves,
speak-ing in ma-ny, var-ied tongues.

4. Nor bounds, nor clime, nor creed thou know'st,
wide as our need thy fa-vors fall;
The white wings of the Ho-ly One
stoop, un-seen, o'er the heads of all.

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May 23, 2005

63R Mysterious Presence, Source of All

Original Title: "Mysterious Presence, Source of All," Seth Curtis Brooks (1866), WAREHAM, L.M., William Knapp (1736); New Title: Same hymn title, rev. REH (2006), LUCIS CREATOR, L.M., Angers Church Melody. Seth Curtis Beach was an American Unitarian. "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above." James 1:17 (KJV). Psalm 36:6, "Thy judgments are a great deep." Psalm 73:16, "When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me." Psalm 77:19, "Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known." Romans 11:33, "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! how unserachable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!" "God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life," Genesis 2:7 (NRSV); see also Genesis 1:30, 6:17, 7:15. "For with you is the fountain of life," Psalm 36:9, see also Psalm 68:26, Proverbs 5:18, 13:14, 14:17, 16:22, 18:4. "They have forsaken the fountain of the living water, the Lord," Jeremiah 17:13. Ezekiel 37:9, "Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy . . . and breathe upon these slain, that they may live." John 3:8 (KJV), "The wind bloweth where it listeth . . . so is everyone that is born of the spirit." Acts 2:2, "And suddenly there came a sound from heaven of a rushing mighty wind." The hymn appears in Singing the Living Tradition as no. 92, to WAREHAM, using thee/thou. It does not appear in The New Century Hymnal.

LUCIS CREATOR (L.M.)

1. Mys-ter-ious Pre-sence, Source of all;
The world with-out, the soul with-in,
Foun-tain of life, O hear our call,
and pour your liv-ing wat-ers in!

2. You breathe with-in the rush-ing wind;
Your Spir-it stirs in leaf and flower;
Nor will you from the will-ing mind
with-hold your light and love and power.


3. Your hand un-seen to ac-cents clear
a-woke the psal-mist’s tremb-ling lyre,
and touch-ed the lips of holy seer
with flame from your own al-tar fire.

4. That touch di-vine, ev-er im-part;
Still give the pro-phets' burn-ing word;
And, vo-cal in each wait-ing heart,
let liv-ing psalms of praise be heard.

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