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MotherBluestocking Mon 23-May-16 00:05:59

A man that looks on glass
On it may stay his eye

polyhymnia Mon 23-May-16 00:08:10

Teach me, my God and King, in all things Thee to see,
Words by George Herbert.

ChesterFuckingDraws Mon 23-May-16 00:08:47

From Google : Teach me, my god and King

MotherBluestocking Mon 23-May-16 00:11:05

All the vain things that charmed me most
I sacrifice them to His blood

- as a cold hand clutches at one's masochistic adolescent heart

timelytess Mon 23-May-16 00:20:10

When I survey the wondrous cross.

'Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,
But yet in love He sought me'

kawliga Mon 23-May-16 00:46:26

Lovely hymn. Especially 'who sweeps a room as for thy sake'. Gah, I try to think of that when I'm doing random sweeping.

MotherBluestocking Mon 23-May-16 07:23:05

Hm ever since my housemistress at school quoted it to jjustify making me do some particularly gruelling domestic task I've always classed it with The rich man at his castle, the poor man at his gate.

acasualobserver Mon 23-May-16 08:01:54

nearer and nearer draws the time,
the time that shall surely be,
when the earth shall be filled
with the glory of God
as the waters cover the sea.

Can anyone explain this hymn? It has annoyed me for a long time. The sea is water. How can water "cover the sea"? Any water covering the sea would necessarily become the sea, surely?

MotherBluestocking Mon 23-May-16 08:23:25

I have to confess to Googling this but it's a quotation from Habbakuk 2: 'and the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God, as the waters cover the sea.' I think if one's being literal 'sea' here means 'sea bed', but the simile is also thinking about the immensity of the sea, as well as its mystery and indivisibility. The world will be pervaded by and engulfed by the knowledge of God so as to become inseparable from it just as the sea is inseparable from the water which covers it.

StrawberryQuik Mon 23-May-16 08:38:04

I was just thinking yesterday while singing it in church how the line 'search me, try me, consume all my darkness' from Shine Jesus Shine wouldn't sound out of place in an angsty emo pop song. Great line though.

shufflestep Mon 23-May-16 08:38:05

timelytess - The King of Love my Shepherd is

acasualobserver Mon 23-May-16 08:39:33

So sea = sea bed? Now you tell me!

BrendaFurlong Mon 23-May-16 08:41:18

Hobgoblin nor foul fiend can daunt his spirit.

MotherBluestocking Mon 23-May-16 08:44:44

Well yes, but I think part of the point is also -as you point out - that the waters ARE the sea. So the world fills up with the glory of God to the extent not only that you can't tell them apart but they actually become each other. Rather a wonderful image if you think about it.

MotherBluestocking Mon 23-May-16 08:45:45

Ooh love that one, Brenda!

BrendaFurlong Mon 23-May-16 08:55:58

Me too. And the awful modern rewriting gets rid of the goblins, fiends and even the lion and destroys everything that is wonderful about the hymn.

CigarsofthePharoahs Mon 23-May-16 09:14:24

I trace the rainbow through the rain
And feel the promise is not vain
That mourn may clearer be.

"Oh God, who lifted up my head"

MotherBluestocking Mon 23-May-16 09:29:24

Wow I don't think I've sung that since 1984 and had completely forgotten it. That line always used to choke me up.

CigarsofthePharoahs Mon 23-May-16 09:33:09

Me too! Have occasionally had to not sing that verse, in case of tears!

AdjustableWench Mon 23-May-16 12:27:29

I always liked:

Time, like an ever-rolling stream
Bears all its sons away
They fly forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the opening day.

(O God our help in ages past - Isaac Watts)

EnthusiasmDisturbed Mon 23-May-16 12:41:29

I was cold
I was naked
Were you there?
Were you there?
I was cold
I was naked
Were you there?

Can't remember what is called ds songs it at school I'm a non believer (god or Jesus isn't mentioned in name) but always loved this hymn

Medusacascade Mon 23-May-16 12:48:28

When I needed a neighbour

MotherBluestocking Mon 23-May-16 12:59:17

I love that verse too, Adjustable. Though a pedant might object to the mixed metaphor!

weegiemum Mon 23-May-16 13:13:20

Cigars - its "O Love that will not let me go"

Puzzledandpissedoff Mon 23-May-16 14:20:16

The sun that bids us rest is waking
Our brethren ’neath the western sky ...

(Love this one smile)

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