Category Archives: mysticism

What Love?

What love is this of thine, that cannot be In thine infinity, O Lord, confined, Unless it in thy very person see Infinity, and finity, conjoined? What! Hath thy Godhead, as not satisfied, Married our manhood, making it its bride? … Continue reading

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He sent no angel to our race

I first heard this hymn (copied below) in a Lutheran church, on the Feast of the Transfiguration. It must (imperatively!) be sung to the original 15th-century Agincourt tune; otherwise, it loses vigor. The unique stanza is the second.  “He sent no angel … Continue reading

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How Things Really Are

Transfiguration For that one moment, ‘in and out of time’, On that one mountain where all moments meet, The daily veil that covers the sublime In darkling glass fell dazzled at his feet. There were no angels full of eyes … Continue reading

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The Sign

I too have seen what they saw in the sky. It comes when, in its grumbling turgid tongue, The storm protests the doings of all men; And heaven’s face, obscure and overflung With brooding thunders, clears and broods again. Then … Continue reading

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Without End

I saw full surely that ere God made us he loved us; which love was never slacked, nor shall ever be. And in this love he hath done all his works; and in this love he hath made all things … Continue reading

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As Waters unto the Sea

The old second-person inflections here (“thou –st”) are a bit thick. But the soul of this hymn, especially when sung to Tallis’s haunting Third Tune, is stunning. Thou wast, O God: And thou was blest Before the world begun, Of thine … Continue reading

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Everywhere

Thou art a Sea without a Shore, A Sun without a Sphere; Thy Time is now and evermore; Thy Place is everywhere. ~ John Mason, 1645-1694; from “How shall I sing that Majesty“

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