Lagniappe

a little something extra

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

season's greetings

It's winter solstice, a great day for celebrating divinity of all kinds. I'm about to head out for a few days with family, so I leave you with the lyrics to an old carol that I sang with the music director at the Church of What's Happenin' Now this past weekend.

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul
What wondrous love is this, O my soul
What wondrous love is this
That taught the Lord of bliss
To send this perfect peace to my soul, to my soul
To send this perfect peace to my soul

Ye winged seraphs fly, bear the news, bear the news,
Ye winged seraphs fly, bear the news
Ye winged seraphs fly, like comets through the sky
Through all eternity, bear the news, bear the news
Through all eternity, bear the news

To God and to the Lamb I will sing, I will sing;
To God and to the Lamb I will sing;
To God and to the Lamb,
Who is the great I AM,
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing,
While millions join the theme, I will sing.

And when from death I'm free, I'll sing on, I'll sing on;
And when from death I'm free, I'll sing on.
And when from death I'm free
I'll sing His love for me,
And through eternity I'll sing on, I'll sing on,
And through eternity I'll sing on.

3 Comments:

At 9:35 AM , Blogger Pastoral Team said...

Wondrous indeed...

Di you get to enjoy those ringing Southern Harmony harmonies or was this a more contemporary arrangement?

Wow.

 
At 8:48 AM , Blogger Quev said...

That's a beautiful song. Anonymous 4 does a nice version of it on their 'American Angels' CD.

Just by way of trivia, the tune for that song is based on a decidely un-sacred chantey named 'Captain Kidd':

My name is Captain Kidd, as I sailed, as I sailed
My name is Captian Kidd, as I sailed
My name is Captian Kidd, God's laws I did forbid
And most wickedly I did, as I sailed, as I sailed

In some tunebooks, including older versions of the 'Christian Harmony,' you'll find that tune set to religious text, but still under the title 'Captain Kidd,' since the tune was a well-known one.

 
At 7:45 AM , Blogger meeegan said...

Ha! Kev, that's very funny. Love the pagan roots of so many "sacred" songs.

Tripp, it was just a duet in which I sang the melody the whole time and the music director noodled with bass harmony however he wanted to.

 

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