Canticle (The Cornucopia of Heaven #3)


Canticle

After Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, “Venite Exultemus Domino”

 

So lift –
lift high
the horn
of praise
O praise –
O come
to praise
the One
who made
the dawn
and made
the stars
and gave
the dawn
to brighten hearts
and praise
the morning
star of Truth,
praise Him
who hurls!
the hail down
and scatters seed
and moulds
the land.
O kneel
before
His shepherd throne.
O come
to praise,
to hear…

Lent 19: Third Sunday of Lent

Francois Perrier - Moses Draws Water from the Rock
Francois Perrier – Moses Draws Water from the Rock
           Meanwhile
we clutch unflinching rock with closed fists,
willing water with dusty souls,
           palms closed
and eyes fixed groundward.
 
            Somehow
our hearts lock over each passing grief and seal
themselves around each rock
            as though
our minds could read eternal.
 
            Although
streams do not yet flow out from the ashen earth,
come sing: His hands have formed
            dry ground
and the wild stirring of the seas.