Something Beautiful I want to Share

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  1. Gerhard Ebersoehn

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    Something Beautiful I want to Share

    December 10 2008

    Charles Edward Anson Markham, 1899, (1852-1940) inspired by the 'L'homme Coia houe 1863 painting, by Jean-Francois Millet,

    The Man With a Hoe
    Bowed by the weight of centuries he leans
    Upon his hoe and gazes on the ground,
    The emptiness of ages in his face,
    And on his back, the burden of the world.
    Who made him dead to rapture and despair,
    A thing that grieves not and that never hopes,
    Stolid and stunned, a brother to the ox?
    Who loosened and let down this brutal jaw?
    Whose was the hand that slanted back this brow?
    Whose breath blew out the light within this brain?

    Is this the Thing the Lord God made and gave
    To have dominion over sea and land;
    To trace the stars and search the heavens for power;
    To feel the passion of Eternity?
    Is this the dream He dreamed who shaped the suns
    And marked their ways upon the ancient deep?
    Down all the caverns of Hell to their last gulf
    There is no shape more terrible than this--
    More tongued with cries against the world's blind greed--
    More filled with signs and portents for the soul--
    More packed with danger to the universe.

    What gulfs between him and the seraphim!
    Slave of the wheel of labor, what to him
    Are Plato and the swing of the Pleiades?
    What the long reaches of the peaks of song,
    The rift of dawn, the reddening of the rose?
    Through this dread shape the suffering ages look;
    Time's tragedy is in that aching stoop;
    Through this dread shape humanity betrayed,
    Plundered, profaned and disinherited,
    Cries protest to the Powers that made the world,
    A protest that is also prophecy.

    O masters, lords and rulers in all lands,
    Is this the handiwork you give to God,
    This monstrous thing distorted and soul-quenched?
    How will you ever straighten up this shape;
    Touch it again with immortality;
    Give back the upward looking and the light;
    Rebuild in it the music and the dream;
    Make right the immemorial infamies,
    Perfidious wrongs, immedicable woes?

    O masters, lords and rulers in all lands,
    How will the future reckon with this Man?
    How answer his brute question in that hour
    When whirlwinds of rebellion shake all shores?
    How will it be with kingdoms and with kings--
    With those who shaped him to the thing he is--
    When this dumb Terror shall rise to judge the world,
    After the silence of the centuries?

    And some music!
    I don’t know the composer or the correct title or spelling, but it is a ‘Peruvian Quetša Song’.
     
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    Thanks for Sharing! :1_grouphug:
     
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    Do you think the poet meant Christ?

    Do you know the song?
     
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    Orpheus with his lute made trees,
    And the mountain tops that freeze,
    Bow themselves when he did sing:
    To his music plants and flowers
    Ever sprung; as sun and showers,
    There had made a lsating spring.

    I wonder why Shakespear could not write this to the honour of God to whom alone belongs the grace of music?

    Take Pope, for example,

    Music the fiercest grief can charm,
    And Fate's severest rage disarm:
    Music can soften pain to ease,
    And make despair and madness please:
    Our joys below it can improve,
    And antedate the bliss above.

    Anyone who can tell me something about one Crucell? 'The World of Music 1955 and The Oxford Companion to Music have nothing of that name. Shows how old I'm getting!
    I listened to a clarinet quartet of his, opus 2, no. 1 in E-flat major - Wondered what age he was when he wrote this - a very beautiful work!
     
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    For today- don't miss this one, it is so good!

    "This is the hinge whereon the whole cause and state of my soul doth turn: Although I am subject to many sins of various sorts, yet under them all I can and do maintain my integrity and covenant uprightness in walking with God; and where I fail, am kept within the reach of cleaning and pardoning mercy continually administered unto my soul by Jesus Christ; but there is a state of life in this world wherein sin hath dominion over the soul acting itself presumptuously, wherewith integrity and freedom from condemning guilt are inconsistent." ‘Of the dominion of sin and grace’, 7/506.

    Really, John Owen is the champion of theologians!
     
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    I think it's the second time I post this absolutely beautiful verses on BB,

    RUTH GERALDINE ASHEN CLASS OF 1931

    It's a sad thing when a man is to be so soon forgotten
    And the shining in his soul gone from the earth
    With no thing remaining;
    And it's a sad thing when a man shall die
    And forget love which is the shiningness of life;
    But it's a sadder thing that a man shall forget love
    And he not dead but walking in the field of a May morning
    And listening to the voice of the thrush.

    — RGA, in A Yearbook of Stanford Writing, 1931 STANFORD UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES GIVEN BY EDWIN
     
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    "Therefore in fact there remains for the People of God....

    Ja, many threads on the subject of the Sabbath have sunken beneath the bottom line of this page; that's why I open a new one, to constantly remind Christians what Jesus' resurrection implies for the Church.
    Hebrews 4:9 is found between verses 8 and 10, for the best of reasons, that "Jesus gave them rest", and, "He Having Entered In Upon His Own Rest As God".
     
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    AAGGHHHH!!!! We had to memorize this in high school --- never thought I'd see it again.
     
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    GE:
    You never liked it?
    And now some time after?
    I'm South African - Afrikaans - to me it came late in life, and I found it beautiful - though not most beautiful. More 'interesting'.
    I scarcely could speak one sentence English when I finished school. Still find it difficult --- have so many brain cells only. But English is great; however, when writing in my own tongue, I am suddenly so free! It's wonderful; though I find little opportunity.

    Yes, Afrikaans, O soetste taal!
     
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    A great poem. I still can quote part of it. But when you're 15...
     
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    I am discovering the Epistles to Timothy - at the age of 67!

    "The foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his." 2:19a.

    Nothing on earth or in heaven more beautiful!
     

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