April 17, 2005

40R Seek Not Afar For Beauty

Original Title: "Seek Not Afar For Beauty," Minot Judson Savage, LANGRAN, 10.10.10.10, James Langran (1863); New Title: Same hymn title, rev. REH (2006), YORKSHIRE, 10.10.10.10.10.10., John Wainwright (1750). Langran and Wainwright were both English Anglicans; Savage was a 19th Century American, associated at various times with Congregational and Unitarian churches. The world-weary Hebrew prophet Ecclesiastes is faintly echoed here, the idea being that there is "nothing new under the sun," such that it is in life's simple pleasures where we might find meaning and transcendence: "What do mortals get from all the toil and strain with which they toil under the sun? For all their days are full of pain, and their work is a vexation; even at night their minds do not rest. This also is vanity." Ecclesiastes 2:2-23. "He has made everything suitable for its time; moreover he has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I know that there is nothing better for them than to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live; moreover, it is God’s gift that all should eat and drink and take pleasure in all their toil." Ecclesiastes 3:11-13. Three verses make up a version that appears to COOLINGE in Singing the Living Tradition; the hymn does not appear in The New Century Hymnal.

YORKSHIRE (10.10.10.10.10.10)

1. Seek not a-far for beau-ty. Lo! it glows
in dew-wet grass-es all a-bout your feet;
in birds, in sun-shine, child-ren's fac-es sweet,
in stars and moun-tain sum-mits topped with snows.
Go not a-broad for hap-pi-ness. For see,
it is a flow-er that here blooms free-ly.


2. Bring love and jus-tice home, and then no more
will you won-der where peace and joy are taught.
Dream not of no-ble ser-vice else-where wrought.
The sim-ple du-ty now waits at your door;
God's voice speaks ev-er hol-i-er com-mands:
Life's saint-ly deeds are done by com-mon hands.

3. In won-der-work-ings, or some bush a-flame,
we look for Truth, and fan-cy it con-cealed;
But in earth's com-mon things, Life stands re-vealed,
while grass and flowers and stars spell out God's Name.
Seek not a-far for beau-ty. Lo! for see
it is a flow-er that here blooms free-ly.

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August 01, 2005

131R All Beautiful the March of Days

FOREST GREEN (C.M.D)

1. All beau-ti-ful the march of days, as sea-sons come and go;
The hand that shaped the rose has wrought the crys-tal of the snow;
and sent the hoar-y frost of heav'n, the flow-ing wa-ters sealed,
and laid a si-lent love-li-ness on hill and wood and field.


2. O'er white ex-pan-ses spark-ling pure the ra-diant morns un-fold;
The sol-emn splen-dors of the night burn bright-er than the cold;
Life mounts in eve-ry throb-bing vein, love deep-ens round the hearth,
and clear-er sounds the an-gel hymn, 'Good will to all on earth.'


3. O One from whose un-fath-omed law the year in beau-ty flows,
whose self the vi-sion pass-ing by in crys-tal and in rose,
day un-to day does ut-ter speech, and night to night pro-claim,
in ev-er chang-ing words of light, the won-der of The Name.


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August 03, 2005

132R Another Year of Setting Suns

AULD LANG SYNE (L.M.)

1. An-oth-er year of set-ting suns,
of stars by night re-vealed,
of spring-ing grass, of ten-der buds
by win-ter's snow con-cealed.

2. An-oth-er year of sum-mer's glow,
of au-tumn's gold and brown,
of wav-ing fields, and rud-dy fruit
the bran-ches weigh-ing down.

3. An-oth-er year of hap-py work,
that bet-ter is than play,
of sim-ple cares, and love that grows
more sweet from day to day.

4. An-oth-er year to fol-low hard,
where bet-ter souls have trod,
an-oth-er year of life's de-light,
an-oth-er year of God.


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August 04, 2005

133R Tis Winter Now, the Fallen Snow

Words: Samuel Longfellow, alt. REH (2005)Music: DEUS TUORUM MILITUM (L.M.D.), Grenoble Antiphoner (1753); Original tune: BROCKHAM (L.M.), Jeremiah Clark (1709)

DEUS TUORUM MILITUM (L.M.D.)

1. ’Tis win-ter now; the fall-en snow
has left the heavens all cold-ly clear;
Through leaf-less boughs the sharp winds blow,
and all the earth lies dead and drear;
And yet God’s love is not with-drawn;
The Life with-in the keen air breathes,
and Beau-ty paints the crim-son dawn,
and clothes the boughs with glitter-ing wreaths.


2. And though a-broad the sharp winds blow,
and skies are chill, and frosts are keen,
home clos-er draws a cir-cle now,
and warm-er glows the light with-in;
O God! Who does give the win-ter’s cold
as well as sum-mer’s joy-ous rays,
us warm-ly in your love en-fold,
and keep us through life’s win-try days.

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August 09, 2005

137R Once More the Liberal Year Laughs Out

SUSSEX CAROL (8.8.8.8.8.8.)

1. Once more the lib-eral year laughs out
o'er rich-er stores than gems or gold;
Once more with har-vest song and shout
is na-ture's blood-less tri-umph told.
Our com-mon Mo-ther rests and sings,
like Ruth, a-mong her gar-nered sheaves;
Her lap is full of good-ly things,
her brow is bright with au-tumn leaves.
To see our Fa-ther's hand once more
re-verse for us the plen-teous horn
of au-tumn, filled and run-ning o'er
with fruit, and flower, and gold-en corn!

2. We shut our eyes, the flowers bloom on;
We mur-mur, but the corn-ears fill,
we choose the sha-dow, but the sun
that casts it shines be-hind us still.
God gives us with our rug-ged soil
the power to make it E-den's prayer,
and rich-er fruits to crown our toil
than sum-mer-wedd-ed is-lands bear.
Oh, fav-ors eve-ry year made new!
Oh, gifts with rain and sun-shine sent
the boun-ty ov-er-runs our due,
the ful-ness shames our dis-con-tent.


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August 12, 2005

140R Praise to God and Thanks We Bring

BENEVENTO (7.7.7.7. D)

1. Praise to God and thanks we bring;
Hearts, bow down, and voi-ces sing!
Prais-es to the Glo-rious One,
all the year of won-der done!
Sing praise for the bud-ding green,
A-pril's res-ur-rec-tion scene;
Sing praise for the shin-ing hours,
star-ring all the land with flowers!

2. Sing praise for the sum-mer rain,
feed-ing day and night the grain;
Sing praise for the ti-ny seed,
hold-ing all the world shall need;
Sing praise for the gar-den root,
mead-ow grass and or-chard fruit;
Praise for hills and val-leys broad,
each the tab-le of our God!

3. Praise God now for snow-y rest,
fall-ing soft on Na-ture's breast;
Praise for hap-py dreams of birth,
brood-ing in the qui-et earth!
For the year of won-der done,
Praise to the All-glo-rious One!
Hearts, bow down, and voi-ces sing,
praise, and love, and thanks we bring.

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August 16, 2005

144S Principia un año nuevo

Original Title: "Another Year is Dawning," Frances Ridley Havergal (1874), CRUCIFIX, 7.6.7.6. D, Anonymous; New Title: "Another Year is Dawning," alt. REH (2005), LLANGLOFFAN, 7.6.7.6. D, D. Evans (1865). A copyrighted translation appears below and in Mil voces para celebrar as no. 367, "Principia un año nuevo," AURELIA, 7.6.7.6. D, Samuel Wesley (1864). The translation, by Esteban Sywulka B. is (c) 1992 Celebremos/Libros Alianza, and appears herein by permission. For other uses of the Spanish translation, contact celebrad@telecom.com.co.

LLANGLOFFAN (7.6.7.6. D)

1. Prin-ci-pia~un año nue-vo; a-yú-danos, oh Dios,
a ser más con-sa-gra-dos, más pres-tos a tu voz;
un a-ño de pro-gre-so y de pros-pe-ri-dad,
un a-ño~en que go-ce-mos tu gran fidelidad.

2. Prin-ci-pia~un año nue-vo; en ti~he-mos de con-fiar
se-gu-ros en tu ma-no po-demos des-can-sar,
y se-a~a-llá con-ti-go, o en la tie-rra a-quí,
que~en to-do siem-pre demos la glo-ria solo a ti.


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144R Another Year is Dawning

Original Title: "Another Year is Dawning," Frances Ridley Havergal (1874), CRUCIFIX, 7.6.7.6. D, Anonymous; New Title: "Another Year is Dawning," alt. REH (2005), LLANGLOFFAN, 7.6.7.6. D, D. Evans (1865). A copyrighted translation appears below the hymn and in Mil voces para celebrar as no. 367, "Principia un año nuevo," AURELIA, 7.6.7.6. D, Samuel Wesley (1864). The translation, by Esteban Sywulka B. is (c) 1992 Celebremos/Libros Alianza, and appears herein by permission. For other uses of the Spanish translation, contact celebrad@telecom.com.co.

LLANGLOFFAN (7.6.7.6. D)

1. An-oth-er year is dawn-ing, dear Sove-reign, let it be
in work-ing or in wait-ing, an-oth-er year with thee.
An-oth-er year of pro-gress, an-oth-er year of praise,
an-oth-er year of prov-ing thy pre-sence all the days.

2. An-oth-er year of mer-cies, of faith-ful-ness and grace,
an-oth-er year of glad-ness ere shin-ing from thy face;
An-oth-er year of ser-vice, of wit-ness for thy love,
an-oth-er year of train-ing for ho-lier work a-bove.

a. Prin-ci-pia~un año nue-vo; a-yú-danos, oh Dios,
a ser más con-sa-gra-dos, más pres-tos a tu voz;
un a-ño de pro-gre-so y de pros-pe-ri-dad,
un a-ño~en que go-ce-mos tu gran fidelidad.

b. Prin-ci-pia~un año nue-vo; en ti~he-mos de con-fiar
se-gu-ros en tu ma-no po-demos des-can-sar,
y se-a~a-llá con-ti-go, o en la tie-rra a-quí,
que~en to-do siem-pre demos la glo-ria solo a ti.

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August 17, 2005

145R O God, Our Help in Ages Past

Words: Isaac Watts (1719), alt.; Music: ST. ANNE (C.M.), William Croft (1708); Paraphrase of Psalm 90: 1-5.

ST. ANNE (C.M.)

1. O God, our help in a-ges past,
our hope for years to come,
our shel-ter from the stor-my blast,
and our e-ter-nal home.

2. Be-fore the hills in or-der stood,
or earth re-ceived its frame,
from ev-er-last-ing thou art God,
to end-less years the same.

3. Un-der the sha-dow of thy throne,
the saints have dwelt se-cure;
Suf-fi-cient is thine arm a-lone,
and our de-fense is sure.

4. A thou-sand a-ges in thy sight
are like an eve-ning gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night
be-fore the ris-ing sun.

5. Time, like an ev-er roll-ing stream,
bears its chil-dren a-way;
They fly, for-got-ten, as a dream
dies at the open-ing day.

6. O God, our help in a-ges past,
our hope for years to come,
be thou our guard while trou-bles last,
and our e-ter-nal home. A-men


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August 18, 2005

146R All Hail, the Pageant of the Years

John Haynes Holmes, O JESU, 8.6.8.6.8.8., Johann Balthazar Reimann (1741), rev. REH (2005). Though there are touches of the Divine here, the images here lie mainly in the humanist realm. All the same, it is absent from Singing the Living Tradition. "Brotherhood" from Hymns of the Spirit Two has become "neighborhood" here.

O JESU (8.6.8.6.8.8.)

1. All hail, the pag-eant of the years
that end-less come and go,
the brave pro-ces-sion of the spheres,
in Time's re-sist-less flow-
A-rise, and crown our days with good,
make us one world-wide neigh-bor-hood!


2. Be-hind us fade the cen-tur-ies
of those who wars would plan,
the fierce and foul fu-til-i-ties
of bat-tling tribe and clan-
A-rise and crown our days with good,
make us one world-wide neigh-bor-hood!

3. A-round us lies the her-i-tage
of clash-ing sword and shield;
The want and waste, the hate and rage
of many a glor-ied field-
A-rise, and crown our days with good,
make us one world-wide neigh-bor-hood!

4. Be-hold, there looms the mys-ter-y
of love di-vin-er far,
there speaks the stead-fast pro-phe-cy
of na-tions freed from war-
A-rise, and crown our days with good,
make us one world-wide neigh-bor-hood!

5. The ae-ons come, the ae-ons go,
the stars nor pause nor cease;
On wings of si-lence, soft as snow,
shall come the boon of peace:
All hail, our days are crowned with good,
make us one world-wide neigh-bor-hood!
A-men.

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August 19, 2005

147R Hail We Now this Happy Morn

Words: Percival Chubb, rev. REH (2005);Music: SONG 13 (GIBBONS) (7.7.7.7.), Orlando Gibbons (1623)

SONG 13 (7.7.7.7.)

1. Hail we now this hap-py morn,
with our faith and hope new-born;
Let our voic-es rise as one,
greet-ing this New Year be-gun.


2. Grate-ful for the fruit-ful past,
may its bright-est fruit-age last;
But our feet would for-ward fare,
up-ward to the clear-er air.

3. From the fu-ture comes a cry,
sound-ing from the up-per sky,
'Live not mere-ly for to-day;
O-thers join you on the way.'


4. So we mount the path a-head;
Let it e-cho to our tread!
All to-geth-er: step in time!
For-ward, for-ward, may all climb!

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August 22, 2005

148R O God, the Rock of Ages

Music: PASSION CHORALE (7.6.7.6. D.), Hans Leo Hassler (1601), harm. J.S. Bach (1729); Paraphrase of Psalm 61.

PASSION CHORALE (7.6.7.6. D)

1. O God, the Rock of A-ges,
who ev-er-more has been,
what time the tem-pest ra-ges,
our dwell-ing place se-rene:
Be-fore the first cre-a-tions,
O You, the same a-bove,
to end-less gen-er-a-tions,
the ev-er-last-ing Love.

2. Our years are like the sha-dows
on sun-ny hills that lie,
or grass-es in the mea-dows
that blos-som but to die;
a-sleep, a dream, a sto-ry
by stran-gers quick-ly told
and un-re-main-ing glo-ry
of things that soon are old.

3. O You, who do not slum-ber,
whose light grows ne-ver pale,
teach us a-right to num-ber
our years be-fore they fail;
On us your mer-cy light-en,
on us your good-ness rest,
and let your spir-it bright-en
the hearts that you have blessed.


4. Love, crown our faith’s en-deav-or
with beau-ty and with grace,
till, clothed in light for-ev-er,
we see you face to face:
A joy no lang-uage mea-sures,
a foun-tain brimm-ing o’er,
an end-less flow of plea-sures,
an o-cean with-out shore.

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August 23, 2005

149R Ring Out, Wild Bells

Title: "Ring Out, Wild Bells," Alfred Tennyson (1849), DEUS TUORUM MILITUM (L.M.), New Title: Same, rev. REH (2005), JERUSALEM (L.M.D), Charles Hubert Hastings Parry.

JERUSALEM (L.M.D.)

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
the fly-ing cloud, the fros-ty light;
the year is dy-ing in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let it die.
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
ring, hap-py bells, a-cross the snow:
The year is go-ing, let it go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.


Ring out false pride in place and blood,
the civ-ic slan-der and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
ring in the com-mon love of good.
Ring in the va-liant souls and free,
the lar-ger heart, the kind-lier hand;
Ring out the sad-ness of the land,
ring in the Christ that is to be.

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