Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Milton: Such music!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
    Commemoration of Johann Sebastian Bach, musician, 1750
    Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
    —Luke 2:13-14 (NIV)
    Such music (as ‘tis said)
        Before was never made,
    But when of old the Sons of Morning sung,
        While the Creator great
        His constellations set,
    And the well-balanced World on hinges hung,
And cast the dark foundations deep,
And bid the weltering waves their oozy channel keep.

        Ring out, ye crystal spheres!
        Once bless our human ears,
    If ye have power to touch our senses so;
        And let your silver chime
        Move in melodious time;
    And let the bass of heaven’s deep organ blow;
And with your ninefold harmony
Make up full consort to the angelic symphony.
    ... John Milton (1608-1674), [1629] from On the morning of Chist’s Nativity, The Complete Poems of John Milton, New York: P. F. Collier, 1909, p. 11 (see the book)
    See also Luke 2:13-14; Gen 1:2-10; Ps. 19:1; 33:6; 40:3; 102:25; Isa. 40:26; 45:12; 48:13; Rev. 4:11
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, teach me to sing Your praises.

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