“O sing to God your hymns of gladness,
Ye loving hearts your tribute pay;
Your Lord is born this happy day.
Then pierce the sky with songs of gladness,
Disperse the shades of gloom and sadness;
O sing to God your hymns of gladness.
O Word of God for us incarnate,
By faith we hear Thine angels sing,
Their hymns of praise to Thee their King.
We join with them in adoration,
We pour to Thee our supplication,
That Thou wouldst grant us, Lord, salvation.”
~ Gounod/Webb, A Christmas Anthem,1866 *
(* You may recall a lovely rendition of this, sung by a boys choir in”The Bishop’s Wife”)
An anthem of praise in psalm
The Autumn morn seems made for Heaven’s frolic
while clouds of tufts chase white on blue…
As my pen puts dream to paper
My heart enthralls to hymn of gladness;
From beauty stored in memory, a cappela voices rise airy as angels,
Floating and folding one verse in on another,
Circling, soaring, winging in round…
Till, over the golden-hued tapestry of changing maples,
Weaving on your loom of crimson, brown and orange
They are signaling the wonder of Christmas in more than December day
… ethereal blessing…
Over the work of my hands…
What can we offer but what you put in our heart and hands?
What can we sing but what you put on our lips?
All that I AM, I give to you, the LORD declares.
Your words, like music, reach and disappear into my soul, O God,
and make me yearn for more and more of you.
© Pam Depoyan
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