Sunday, September 4, 2011

SUNDAY HYMN: FINLANDIA

"Finlandia, by composer Jean Sibelius, sung by Chinese choir


O, Finland, behold, your day is dawning,
The threat of night has been banished away,
And the lark of morning in the brightness sings,
As though the very firmament would sing.
The powers of the night are vanquished by the morning light,
Your day is dawning, O land of birth.

O, rise, Finland, raise up high
Your head, wreathed with great memories.
O, rise, Finland, you showed to the world
That you drove away the slavery,
And that you did not bend under oppression,
Your day has come, O land of birth.

3 comments:

  1. Please make this a weekly feature :)

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  2. An American (Methodist?) hymnographer of the 20th century has taken the music of "Finlandia" for his lovely anthem called "This Is My Song," or sometimes "A Song of Peace." It is patriotic without being jingoistic, with an eye toward international fraternity:

    My country's skies are bluer than the ocean,
    And sunlight beams on clover leaf and pine.
    But other lands have sunlight too, and clover,
    And skies are everywhere as blue as mine.
    O hear my song, thou God of all the nations,
    A song of peace for their land and for mine.

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  3. Nice, Dylan!--"international fraternity" was so what that video "spoke"...

    And Robert, thanks, I'm not so sure this WOULDN'T make a weekly feature. I'm always carping about bringing back the pre-Vatican II hymns...and there's so much other beautiful liturgical music...

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