How Can I Keep from Singing?

There’s an old (Shaker?) hymn that has been keeping me company of late:

My life flows on in endless song;
Above earth’s lamentation
I hear the sweet though far off hymn
That hails a new creation:
Through all the tumult and the strife
I hear the music ringing;
It finds an echo in my soul—
How can I keep from singing?

What though my joys and comforts die?
The Lord my Savior liveth;
What though the darkness gather round!
Songs in the night He giveth:
No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that refuge clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of Heav’n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?

I lift mine eyes; the cloud grows thin;
I see the blue above it;
And day by day this pathway smoothes
Since first I learned to love it:
The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
A fountain ever springing:
All things are mine since I am His—
How can I keep from singing?

Usually I sing the modified words that Pete Seeger wrote, where the Savior is Truth, Christ is Love, and the refuge is rock, etc. But the essence if still the same and it leads me to that quiet place where I am in touch with Love and Truth and the powerful Presence (of God) that is the underpinning of all creation. Once there, How can I keep from singing?

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One Response to How Can I Keep from Singing?

  1. Susan June 17, 2008 at 8:24 am #

    One of my favorite hymns. Thanks for bringing it to mind this morning. The word I most associate with the song is Joy. Joy in the presence of the risen Christ. Joy that I am his. Joy in the power of God made manifest in all of creation. Indeed, How can I keep from singing?

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