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January 2, 2020
Date: Oct 2016
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Here is my hymn tune “Glasthule”, played by me on the 1896 George Benson organ of St. Joseph’s Church, Glasthule. Apart from the introduction, I’ve also included an improvised link between the second and third verses, plus a short codetta at the end to raise the roof. I composed it as a setting of the poem “Those who Love and Those who Labour” by Geoffrey Dearmer (1893-1996), the text of which I’ve included below, though I hope it will serve many other texts.
Those who love and those who labour, follow in the way of Christ;
Thus the first disciples found him, thus the gift of love sufficed.
Jesus says to those who seek him, I will never pass you by;
Raise the stone and you shall find me; cleave the wood, and there am I.
Where the many work together, they with Christ himself abide.
But the lonely workers also find him ever at their side.
Lo, the Prince of common welfare dwells within the market strife;
Lo, the bread of heaven is broken in the sacrament of life.
Let the seeker never falter, till the truth is found afar.
With the wisdom of the ages underneath a giant star,
With the richest and the poorest, of the sum of things possessed,
Like a child at first to wonder, like a king at last to rest.