I took an old hymn, “As the Sun Doth Daily Rise,” and revised it. I couldn’t find a video or audio without instruments, so you can do your own search. Do you prefer the original, or the revised version? Do you see where it might be improved?
When the sun begins to rise,
Brightening all the morning skies,
So to you with one accord
Hearts and voices lift, O Lord.
Day by day provide us food,
For from you come all things good;
Strength for life and limbs afford
From your living bread, O Lord.
Be our guard in sin and strife;
Be the Leader of our life;
Lest from you we stray abroad,
Stay our wayward feet, O Lord.
Living by the Spirit’s grace,
All your holy will to trace
While we daily search your Word,
Truest light impart, O Lord.
Praise to God who knows no limit,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
We, your saints, with one accord
Praise your holy name, O Lord.
Let’s title this set of lyrics, “Would You Speak of Him?” Background on these lyrics is here. The original tune and lyrics from 1898 can be found here. An a cappella choral arrangement is here (all I could find).
Would you put in Jesus’ hand your life and all you own?
Would you speak of Him, who sits upon the Throne?
Would you throw your net upon the earth to make Him known?
Let Him have His way with thee. Continue reading →
On the way home from the airport, I started singing to keep the spirits up, after seeing the wife and daughter off, as I faced an empty house. I made up some stanzas to the kiddy song, “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy.” Here are the ones I can remember: Continue reading →
Am sending today a special four-stanza poem to the Cloudburst Syndicated Poetry list, “From Craters on the Moon.” Below is the space for subscribers to comment. Later, I hope to share it with you as a hymn, since it’s in 188.8.131.52 meter, also known as Short Meter.
• Speaking of the moon, this report says that “The moon’s crust was apparently active far more recently than previously believed, scientists say.” Imagine that, scientists having to correct their time projections! From 1 billion to 50 million years. That’s too many zeros for me to calculate, but the difference is something like me thinking you’d take 50 years to show up and you took five minutes. Not much difference, eh? Continue reading →