Friday, March 23, 2007

"... thy Savior comes to thee."

This beautiful poem brought inspiration to my prayer yesterday, so I thought I'd share it. It's by Rosa Turner, and can be found in the Christian Science Hymnal. If you like music with your poems, the tune is "Danny Boy," or Londonderry Air. (The music will start as soon as you click the link -- open it in a new window if you want to listen and read along.)

O dreamer, leave thy dreams for joyful waking,
O captive, rise and sing, for thou art free;
The Christ is here, all dreams of error breaking,
Unloosing bonds of all captivity.

He comes to bless thee on his wings of healing;
To banish pain, and wipe all tears away;
He comes anew, to humble hearts revealing
The mounting footsteps of the upward way.

He comes to give thee joy for desolation,
Beauty for ashes of the vanished years;
For every tear to bring full compensation,
To give thee confidence for all thy fears.

He comes to call the dumb to joyful singing;
The deaf to hear; the blinded eyes to see;
The glorious tidings of salvation bringing.
O captive, rise, thy Saviour comes to thee.

It's so sad, yet so uplifting, and such a lovely benediction. Blessings for the weekend, everybody.


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2 Comments:

At 3/23/2007 08:45:00 AM, Blogger sandra said...

Thanks for this poem, Laura. It was perfect timing. This morning I was feeling a sense of sadness about my past and wasted time.. I am now turning to the Light,and I trust that nothing is wasted in reality. The poem comforted and uplifted me. It touched my heart specially as I was born in the small town in Northern Ireland where this beautiful melody was first written down. I feel like a piece of ice is melting inside. Bless you and all your readers.

 
At 3/23/2007 09:06:00 PM, Anonymous Emily said...

I keep wishing Judy Collins would record an album of hymns and include this one and "Mother's Evening Prayer" on it. I've heard her sing "Danny Boy." The thought of her voice singing these lyrics just gives me chills, and given her background, it strikes me that she might also find "Mother's Evening Prayer" as comforting as I do.

 

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