Sometimes we need to do something different. As I wondered what to share
that would be meaningful during this time of Covid-19 concerns, the words
and music of well-known hymns began to come to mind.
I let those lovely songs speak comfort and encouragement to me. And
decided to write a cento – a poem made from lines of others’ writings.
While looking up hymns to make sure of lyrics and their authors, I found
myself praising God as I read inspired words. May they bless you, too.
Robed in the blooming garb of spring,
over the hills and everywhere
our song shall rise to Thee,
bless all the dear children,
everything to God in prayer,
no other fount I know,
when other helpers fail and comforts flee,
he will my shield and portion be,
the Bible tells me so,
I will cling to the old, rugged cross:
this is my story, this is my song –
let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
Consisting of lines from hymns composed by: Joseph A. Seiss; an African-American
spiritual song, adapted by John Wesley Work; Reginald Heber; a song attributed to
Martin Luther, with third verse attributed to John T. McFarland; Joseph Medlicott
Scriven; Robert Lowry; Henry Francis Lyte; John Newton; Anna Bartlett Warner;
George Bennard; Fanny Crosby; and Harry Dixon Loes.
(Compiled by Cindy Harris)