January 19, 2020
Oh, hush thee, my baby, the night is behind us,
And black are the waters that sparkled so green.
The moon, o’er the combers, looks downward to find us
At rest in the hollows that rustle between.
Where billow meets billow, there soft be thy pillow;
Ah, weary wee flipperling, curl at thy ease!
The storm shall not wake thee, nor shark overtake thee,
Asleep in the arms of the slow-swinging seas.
–Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
July 14, 2019
Jubilate Deo, omnis terra;
servite Domino in laetitia,
introite in conspectu ejus in exultatione.
Quoniam suavis est Dominus: in aeternum misericordia ejus,
Et usque in generationem et generationem veritas ejus.
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
serve the Lord with gladness,
come before His presence with singing.
For the Lord is good: His mercy is everlasting,
and His truth endures from generation to generation.
January 2, 2018
In honor of the birthday of American composer Eric Whitacre, here is his “Lux Aurumque,” sung by the National Taiwan University Chorus.
Lux, calida gravisque pura velut aurum,
et canunt angeli molliter modo natum.
Light, warm and heavy as pure gold,
and the angels sing softly to the newborn babe.
September 3, 2017
Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me save that Thou art;
Thou my best thought by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
Be Thou my wisdom and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord.
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son,
Thou in me dwelling and I with Thee one.
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine inheritance now and always;
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of heaven, my treasure Thou art.
High King of heaven, my victory won,
May I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.
April 21, 2017
The name of American composer Randall Thompson (1899-1984) is familiar to anyone who has spent much time singing in choirs. “Alleluia,” composed in 1940, is one of his most familiar and best-loved choral compositions, sung by choirs around the world.
August 16, 2015
All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.
Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colours,
He made their tiny wings.
The purple headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning,
That brightens up the sky;
The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.
He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.