Thursday, January 1, 2009

Hymn for a New Year

I don't know the music that this was sung to-but, oh! the words

make a lovely melody in my heart.

If my lips could sing as many songs

As there are waves in the sea:

If my tongue could sing as many hymns

As there are ocean billows:

If my mouth filled the whole firmament

With praise:

If my face shone like the sun

And moon together:

If my hands were to hover in the sky

Like powerful eagles

And my feet ran across mountains

As swiftly as the deer;

All that would not be enough to pay you fitting tribute,

O Lord my God.

Hymn probably composed in the 3rd to 5th Century A.D.

1 comment:

  1. Great hymn. It have be wonderful if the tune could have survived the centuries.