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Hymns, a second try

I spent the afternoon working on a longer post about hymns, but upon returning to it this evening, I wasn’t happy with what I’d written.

Oh well.

I might try a tweak or two on the topic for next week, we’ll see.

Thanksgiving is late this year, so Donnette and I decided that tonight would be a good night to start listening to Christmas music. *1*

Three years ago, I was introduced to what might now be a top-five favorite hymn of mine. It’s an advent hymn, which makes it seasonally appropriate to post tonight.

The hymn is titled “Thou Who Wast Rich, Beyond All Splendor.” It’s taken from 2 Corinthians 8:9, which is the essence of the biblical economy and the entirety of the spirit of this season.

The backstory is amazing; it was written by Frank Houghton, a missionary with CIM who served in China, only writing the hymn in the aftermath of two of his fellow missionaries beheadings by Chinese bandits.

Moreover, the tune is an old French carol melody. A hymn written by a missionary set to a French carol.

So here’s my contribution for this cold *2* Wednesday evening.

Thou Who Wast Rich, Beyond All Splendor

Thou who wast rich beyond all splendour,
All for love’s sake becamest poor;
Thrones for a manger didst surrender,
Sapphire-paved courts for stable floor.
Thou who wast rich beyond all splendour,
All for love’s sake becamest poor.

Thou who art God beyond all praising,
All for love’s sake becamest man;
Stooping so low, but sinners raising
Heavenward by thine eternal plan.
Thou who art God beyond all praising,
All for love’s sake becamest man.

Thou who art love beyond all telling,
Saviour and King, we worship thee.
Emmanuel, within us dwelling,
Make us what thou wouldst have us be.
Thou who art love beyond all telling,
Saviour and King, we worship thee.

 

 

*1* Donnette would start listening to it mid-July, but I always push for a one-holiday-at-a-time policy.

*2* It’s cold here. If you live in Florida, warm Novembers are what you signed up for.

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2 thoughts on “Hymns, a second try

  1. Here is the promised footnoting technique. It’s really simple. When writing your post, look to the top right and there should be two tabs, one called ‘visual’ and one called ‘text.’ Click on text, then scroll down to the area you want to add a footnote. Before the number write and after it write et voilà, a footnote. Change back to the visual tab and you should see it.

    Here is an example.
    My sentence that requires a footnote.1

    The sup stands for superscript. You can also use for subscript and

    for making a block quote. I think every other common one is already in the wordpress editor.

  2. Well, it seems you can put HTML tags in comments and they will show up; guess I should have thought that one through. Anyway, you are looking for <sup> before the number and </sup> after the number.

    It will look like:
    gimmie a footnote at the end of this sentence!<sup>1</sup>

    <sub> is subscript and <blockquote> is a blockqoute.

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