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For the Fruits of His Creation, Thanks Be to God

November 10, 2014 At First Parish Church yesterday we sang a hymn written by Fred Pratt Green in 1970 called “For the Fruits of His Creation.” The words are lovely; the final verse concludes with these:  For the wonders that … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare, “The current that with gentle murmur glides”

May 25, 2013 The current that with gentle murmur glides Thou knowest, being stopped, impatiently doth rage; But when his fair course is not hindered He makes sweet music with th’ enamelled stones, Giving a gentle kiss at every sedge … Continue reading

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A New Hymn, “In the Midst of New Dimensions”

May 12, 2013 On this Mother’s Day, I had the chance to sing a new hymn whose words (and music) I like a great deal. Hymn singing is one of the pleasures of attending a United Church of Christ (UCC) … Continue reading

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Emily Dickinson, “My River”

April 12, 2013 My River by Emily Dickinson My river runs to thee. Blue sea, wilt thou welcome me? My river awaits reply. Oh! sea, look graciously. I’ll fetch thee brooks from spotted nooks. Say, sea, Take me!

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Gerard Manley Hopkins, “Pied Beauty”

March 31, 2013 Not a river poem, but one of my favorites, especially appropriate for an Easter day: Pied Beauty Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) GLORY be to God for dappled things— For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For … Continue reading

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Robert Frost, “A Brook In The City”

March 19, 2013 A Brook in the City by Robert Frost The farmhouse lingers, though averse to square With the new city street it has to wear A number in. But what about the brook That held the house as … Continue reading

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Maxine Kumin, “Almost Spring, Driving Home, Reciting Hopkins”

March 3, 2013     “sharp rivers start to flow”

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