new hymn about love

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  1. Roby

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    . Tune: Londonderry Air. Based on 1 Corinthians 13
    ‘And now I will show you the most excellent way’

    If we could speak all tongues of earth and heaven
    But have not love our prophecy is vain;
    Though every mystery to us is open
    All talk of love will be an empty claim.
    But love is swift to clear misunderstanding,
    Love is not proud, insisting on display
    And love is rich in patient understanding:
    Grant us, oh Lord of love to seek the better way.

    If we should give to others when we prosper
    But have not love, we fail the final test
    If we should place our substance on the altar
    Our sacrifice if boastful is unblessed.
    For love is clean and clear in its intentions,
    Lifts up its face to face the light of day,
    Love is pure harmony without pretension:
    Grant us, oh Lord of love to find the better way.

    If by our faith we make the mountains tremble
    But have not love, then nothing do we win:
    We are but noisy gongs or clanging cymbals
    Condemned to sink to silence in the end.
    But love is always faithful in rejoicing,
    Lifts up a song of hope that never fails
    Love is a choir of perfect blended voices
    Grant us, oh Lord of love to choose the better way.

    When we were young we fought for worldly glory,
    But youthful ways in time all have to die.
    We see in part as in a mirror darkly
    And wait in hope for love’s bright sun to rise.
    Faith, hope and love, these three remain our story
    But faith and hope will vanish in the day;
    As we await love’s triumph in the glory
    Grant us, oh Lord of love to love the better way.

    Copyright 2003 Robert Atkins; all rights reserved
     
  2. Aaron

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    Good paraphrase! [​IMG]
     
  3. Roby

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    Thanks for the encouragement
     
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    "They don't write 'em like that anymore..." :( Oh...wait a second...They just did :D

    About the only thing I grumble about there is © notice ;)

    Pete
     
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    What's the problem with a copyright? :confused:
     
  6. Roby

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    Well for all practical purposes I don't suppose it means much anyway. People can sing it as much as they like without printing thousands of copies, putting it in a book or making a record of it as far as I'm concerned. If they wanted to do any of those it'd be nice to know and probably only right to have some kind of agreement. Does that sound OK?
     
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    Roby, great move [​IMG] Thats the way to be [​IMG] Got any more songs? Post away [​IMG]

    Baptist Believer, call me weird (everyone else does ;) ), but all those Christian CDs out there with great big © notices and price tags plastered over the back drive me up the wall.

    Last year I decided I better walk my talk on the topic, so I plugged guitar into CD recorder and had a go at 26 hymns. On back cover I printed "© NONE, $ UP TO YOU". Hopefully the trend will take off ;)

    Roby, thanks again for song, looking forward to seeing more [​IMG]

    Pete
     
  8. Roby

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    Yes, I've got a few more hymns to familiar tunes so I'll post them one at a time whenever the discussion runs out of steam.

    I posted one based on Isaiah 46:3 and 4 and the famous 'Footprints' text but didn't have any feedback here. It was found on a different site by a very nice lady from Victor Harbor South Australia though. They sang it at a ladies conference they held. Here it is again. Once again, it's to Londonderry Air/Danny Boy aka The World's Finest Tune:

    Upon the shore, I walked with Him at even
    And I looked back upon the path we’d trod
    And in the sand I traced our way at even
    And I was glad I’d walked through life with God:
    For side by side we’d journeyed through together
    All through the world’s wide wilderness of care
    And side by side we’d journeyed through to even
    Safe at his side the Lord my God had brought me here.

    But in my joy I caught a strain of sadness
    To give me pause when thinking of my way
    For on the shore I saw he’d left me lonely
    When I had most the need of him to stay:
    When I was tried he’d left me worn and wandering,
    He’d left me lone when I was fighting fears
    He’d let me tread the steepest slopes in solitude
    Before he came back to my side to dry my tears.

    But then the Lord drew near to me in comfort
    And in his tenderness he made it plain
    That in the times when dread and darkness threatened
    He was my shield and shelter from the pain:
    For on his shoulders he was gently bearing
    And on his shoulders I from harm was free:
    The single trace of footprints of the Master,
    The single trace of footprints shows he carried me.

    So on the shore I walk with Him at even
    I face the latter days of life secure,
    For if my pilgrimage reserves me sorrow
    The footprints show that He is strong and sure:
    If I am near the gates of heaven weary,
    No longer strong enough to stride alone
    The footprints show that he is there to carry me:
    The footprints show the Lord my God will bear me home.
     
  9. Baptist Believer

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    Okay… As a writer, the copyright protects my work and allows me to make a meager living at my craft. With the copyright, I can control how the work is used and published/performed.
     
  10. Pete

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    Roby, love it mate. I can't believe I missed it the first time. Ever think of making a web page of your hymns or something? [​IMG]

    Baptist Believer, probably depends on topic of writings how much grumbling (or not) I'ld do...but just bear in mind that as previously mentioned: I'm weird ;)

    Pete
     

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