Monday, October 9, 2017

220. Changes in Life Hymn

Here is another item on my list of objectives for my projected sequel to Useful Hymns (working title: Edifying Hymns). I'm not kidding. I'm actually crossing items off a list. I would like to set this hymn to the 1964 tune MORESTEAD by Sydney Watson (1903-91), which I found in the Lutheran Book of Worship (Augsburg Fortress, 1978) set to the hymn "Lord of all good, our gifts we bring you now." I'm not sure I want to go that way, since it will doubtless involve obtaining copyright permission. As a cheaper alternative, I'll probably stick with that old warhorse, SONG 22 by Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625).
Father of Lights, in whom no shifting shade
Or imperfection dwells: Your gifts bestow,
Your word’s unchanging truth and pow’r displayed
To us, who travel changeful ways below.

Eternal Christ, who are the same of old,
Today, and for all time, our Cornerstone:
You kept faith on the cross; now make us bold
To meet our crosses, trusting You alone.

O Spirit, blowing where You will, unseen:
Abide with us, though trackless be our course.
By word rebuke; by sacrament make clean,
And to safe harbor gather us in force.

Three-personed God, whose ways we hardly ken,
If we grasp not your plan, can that be strange?
Enough to know Your peace, goodwill to men:
Our constant beacon in this world of change!

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