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Hymns from Nineveh

Hymns from Nineveh

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1. So Mournful the Elegy, So Comforting the Hymn

2. Selma

3. Hymn For the Lover

4. Cocoon

5. Eveningsong

6. Rage.Silence.Love

7. Sister Sorrowsong

8. Daughter of Zion

9. Come All Ye!

10. Drink Deep From the Well

1. So Mournful the Elegy, So Comforting the Hymn

An old man said:

“live one day at a time

– who can add a day to his life by worrying?”

Though we’re young

we’ve seen what worry can do

so embrace these worried songs we sing to you

So mournful the elegy

and so comforting the hymn

– we ought to sing when we lie in our beds

in the quiet hour

we remember what he said

but we’re young

and we’ve seen what worry can do

so embrace these worried hearts we bring to you

So mournful the elegy

and so comforting the hymn

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2. Selma

When Selma, the blind and the bold,

told the tale of the untold

we could grow old

and as she gets strangled you’re holding my hand

in prayer

that we’ll never end

oh no we’ll never end

as a snowflake endures on my tongue

in seconds before it is gone

we’ll be

dew before the sun

See! It’s unnecessary to be afraid

we will join the great parade

and we’ll sing

hallelujah to the King

in a different light we will see

who we were meant to be

until then

we’re just like the sun and the moon

I’ll fade if you’re setting too soon!

Sun and moon! Be still!

Your breath – the most perfect of songs

on hills and in valleys

of longing

we can go

on and on

I’ll sing to your Maker and praise

your wonders and then He will raise

a banner of love

and though I know

that thousands of poets have sung

your beauty

then none of them, none

have seen

that you belong with me

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3. Hymn For the Lover

I remember when you said

you were full of sparks in your head.

Your words were fireworks in me,

I saw my fire work in you.

I thought your skin was like a veil

concealing hope and fairy tales,

and your hands were like a map

from where many will find their way back

(at least I did…)

Through fire,

through water,

through death do us,

death do us part.

Through fire,

through water,

through death do us,

death do us part.

You showed me where the swans would nest,

you let the silence do the rest.

And in that room of pearly white

I saw your darkness and your light!

So when you get lost,

then I can find the architecture of your mind.

In quiet buildings you belong,

and I’ll be there to sing this song:

“Through fire,

through water,

through death do us, death do us part!

Through rainbows,

through rainfall,

through flood streams of tears!

Through failure,

through absence,

through presence of human time!

Through everything

with love

with love!

Through fire,

through water,

and through death do us,

death do us part!”

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4. Cocoon

I spent the night in the forest,

you were with me when I cried,

when I cried:

“Oh where is the light?”

I spent all day in my mindscape,

you were with me

when I wept,

when I wept,

you watched me when I slept.

Skies have grown darker,

but stars have grown brighter,

and my room,

and my room

is a safe cocoon!

Streets have gone misty,

but peace is upon me when I sing,

when I sing:

“Holy is the King!”

and You won’t wash away if I fade,

and it’s OK to break in two,

break in two,

if I’m breaking into you!

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5. Eveningsong

When I am weary

then I try to think of the words that you told me

when I said I was a boy

on a lonely dark fare

in the middle of nowhere

nowhere to turn to

and nowhere to hide

when I have nowhere to hide

then I think of the words that you told me

when I said I was a boy

not a man

who knows what he can

and what he cannot do

’cause I don’t even know who I am

when I don’t know who I am

then I think of the words that you told me

when I stepped out of the boat

tried to walk on the waves

but I sank

oh I sank

deeper into the grave of my thought

When I am deep in the grave of my thought

I try to think of the words that you told me

that day in my kitchen

it was flooded by my tears

but dried by your words:

“why are you weary?

I love you more!”

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6. Rage.Silence.Love

The rage burned like a fire in Achilles

and when it burns in me

I beg you, please,

don’t be afraid

of my rage,

my love.

The silence muted Abraham, the true,

and when it mutes me, too,

I beg, I beg you

don’t be confused

by my silence,

my love.

Darkblue skies

can swallow a man

completely

so he does

what he doesn’t to do

but in rage

and in silence

you

complete me,

my love.

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7. Sister Sorrowsong

Oh dear, I hear

the sound of your heart like a leaf on a tree

in the eye of the storm.

Oh dear, I hear

your deepest darkness labyrinth

blindfolded

nowhere to end

Sister Sorrowsong

Sister Sorrowsong

Sister Sorrowsong

We’re a legion

we’re a million

who love you,

Sister Sorrow!

We have seen your light!

We’re a legion

We’re a million

Who love you,

Sister Darkness!

We have seen your light!

We’re a legion

we’re a million

who love you,

Sister Sorrow!

We have seen your light!

Sister Sorrowsong,

the world is yours to own!

Sister Sorrowsong,

the Kingdom is to come!

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8. Daughter of Zion

So says the daughter of Zion,

the longing, the wounded, the tired;

So says the daughter of Zion

the sighing, the seeing, the shy:

One is in labour,

another woman’s womb is closed.

One is cured,

and one dies before growing old.

Oh! Come down while I sleep!

Come like a thief!

Steal this night from my eyes,

replace it with daylight!

One finds peace and quiet.

One lies sleepless, haunted.

One is loved for better,

one is ignored for worse.

Oh! Come down while I sleep

come like a thief

steal this night from my eyes,

replace it with daylight.

Oh! Be merciful!

Come while I sleep!

I don’t want to leave

– or be left behind…

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9. Come All Ye!

Come all ye who are heavy burdened.

Come all ye who are in pain.

Come all ye who are heavy burdened.

Come all ye who are in pain.

– and you may sleep in my gardens,

you may stay in my house,

even forever and forever,

and on and on!

Come all ye who say “we cannot find our way”.

Come all ye who say “we’ve survived another day”.

Come all ye who are tired and weary.

Come all ye who run, trip and fall.

– and you may sleep in my gardens,

you may stay in my house,

even forever and forever,

and on and on!

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10. Drink Deep From the Well

Have we lost our words

for this feeling?

Have we lost our wings

while flying?

Did we see the days

fade away like rain?

Did we see the sun

let down everyone?

Lover! Come here!

Let me whisper

a secret in your ear:

Oh, we could start here:

Drink deep from the well

and immerse our hearts in fire!

And sing new songs together

for our Lord.

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