Friday, December 12, 2008

LSB #348

Bror's suggestion #348 has a lovely, picturesque, poetic text about the coming of Christ the King.

The poetry almost asks for an art song by Beethoven or Schubert...
I like speaking it; the melody seems a little too heavy.
The King shall come when morning dawns and light triumphant breaks,
when beauty gilds the eastern hills and life to joy awakes.

Not as of old a little child, to bear and fight and die,
but crowned with glory like the sun that lights the morning sky.

Oh, brighter than the rising morn when Christ, victorious, rose
and left the lonesome place of death despite the rage of foes.

Oh, brighter than that glorious morn shall dawn upon our race
the day when Christ in splendor comes and we shall see his face.

The King shall come when morning dawns and light and beauty brings.
Hail, Christ the Lord! Your people pray: come quickly, King of kings!


Bror Erickson said...

I don't know, I quite like the tune. I find it a powerful masculine tune, a fight song convinced of final victory. And I like masculine tunes, strong, robust and heavy, songs men can sing from the bottom of their lungs, and don't require castration or emasculation. Many church ditties seem to require that of men, which is why I think men often don't sing much in church or otherwise.

Brigitte said...

Yea, I'm not a specialist on why men sing or not or what. In Germany men sing much more and often have their own choirs.

Bror Erickson said...

I think it is somewhat of a modern development in the English speaking world that singing is regarded a bit as a feminine thing to do, unless you are being paid millions, and have groupies with which to prove your manhood. Same with writing poetry etc. It is sort of silly, but I do think that is more or less the truth of the matter.