Happy birthday, Charles

In honor of the birthday of American composer Charles Ives (1874-1954), here is his setting of a poem by John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892).

O sabbath rest of Galilee.
O calm of hills above,
Where Jesus knelt to share with thee
The silence of eternity interpreted by love.

Drop thy still dews of quietness
Till all our striving cease;

Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess the beauty of thy peace.

8 Responses to Happy birthday, Charles

  1. Unusual meter or whateveryacallit to the poem. The music just seems to drift. Short. Sweet.

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  2. egorr says:


    At least it’s not atonal!!

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  3. Dan Patterson says:

    A very good piece for a Monday start.

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  4. Dawn Marie says:

    I’m enjoying this post playing in the background whilst I spend the morning catching up on my blog-reading…thank you for the perfect accompaniment! Hugs!

    Liked by 1 person

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