Category Archives: Psalms

An Easter Psalm

Psalm 45 Of the King of heavenly beauty I will sing an anthem rare: Lily of the Valley is he, Fairer than our flesh is fair. Where He is, the sweetness fully Of all graces gathers there. Gird Thyself with … Continue reading

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Song-Prayer: After King David

I shall be satisfied With the seeing of thy face. When I awake, wide-eyed, I shall be satisfied With what this life did hide, The one supernal grace. I shall be satisfied With the seeing of thy face. ~ George … Continue reading

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Isaiah in meter

Not all metrical psalms are from the Book of Psalms. Here is a peerless version of Isaiah 40:1-5 (quoted in my previous post), doubling as an old Advent song from the 17th century. Comfort, comfort, ye my people, Speak ye peace, thus … Continue reading

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Psalm 23

Psalm 23 is probably the most used of all the psalms. It is short but says much; and what it says is nothing if not quieting and comforting. The psalm is light enough for any number of pastorally-themed greeting cards, … Continue reading

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More than psalms

To speak my own sense freely, I do not think David ever wrote a psalm of sufficient glory and sweetness to represent the blessings of this holy institution of Christ. [. . .] Therefore it is my opinion that other … Continue reading

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Let All the World in Every Corner Sing

Let all the world in every corner sing, My God and King! The heavens are not too high, His praise may thither fly; The earth is not too low, His praises there may grow. Let all the world in every … Continue reading

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Ambrose: An Allegory for Advent

This post (a long one, I have to warn you) is about one of the oldest hymns in the Christian tradition, Ambrose’s “Come Thou, Redeemer of the Earth.”  This hymn was composed by Ambrose of Milan (337-397) as Veni redemptor … Continue reading

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