Saturday, January 19, 2008

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

I told you that I loved the score to the film Atonement, and I was listening to the "For Your Consideration" cd I have, which includes some of the music. (I get Daily Variety because some of my airline points were about to expire and rather than waste them I used them on magazine subscriptions)

It really is very gorgeous and haunting music. One of my favorite parts contains a fragment of a hymn that I had never heard before. (it helps that this music plays during a breathtaking and gut wrenching shot in the film)

So I hopped on the ole handy dandy internet to find out what hymn it was. And thus discovered one of the most beautifully written lyrics I have ever read. I guess being evangelical I never heard it, because it's Anglican or something. But that's a SHAME! Anyway, I'm sharing my favorite stanza with you and including this youtube video of the song being sung at Westminster Abbey. I hope you enjoy it and find it as edifying as I did.

Drop Thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace.

Words by John G. Whittier.


Lisa said...

That's beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

euphrony said...

Love the song. We sang it regularly when I was younger (in an evangelical church). It is a gorgeous sound. Don't here it as much today, as we've tended to sing more from the radio than from the centuries-old hymns. We're missing out by being forgetful.

Amy said...

Wow Euphrony, that's cool.

The churches I grew up in mostly sang hymns, but I guess this one wasn't in our hymnal. You're right it has a beautiful sound. (and the lyrics seem very timely to me as well)

I love hymns...granted there are some that say a whole lot of nothing with a lot of words, but most of them are so rich. It's like a Bible study in a song.

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