Friday, March 29, 2013

Poetry Friday, Good Friday

This is one of the holiest days of the year in the Christian calendar (at least the Western version), and this piece always says Good Friday to me. The Cyberhymnal page says that the words were originally published in Latin in 1153, attributed to Bernard of Clairvaux. They were translated into German in 1656 by Paul Gerhardt and then into English in 1830 by James W. Alexander. You can read all eleven verses on the Cyberhymnal site too, but be careful, because that site automatically starts playing music. The video below includes just a few of the verses, rearranged.





Today's roundup is here. I'll be back on Monday with a link to the first line of this year's Progressive Poem and all kinds of other goodies for National Poetry Month!

11 comments:

Janet said...

I agree. This is such a beautiful, sober hymn for Good Friday. This musical interpretation really does it justice.

Matt Forrest Esenwine said...

Thanks for sharing this, Ruth...and I hope you have a Happy Easter!

jama said...

Just beautiful, Ruth. And how awe-inspiring that the original lyrics date back to the 12th century!! Happy Easter to you and yours. ♥

Lorie Ann Grover said...

Oh, we sing this often in our worship. A wonderful choice for today!

Andromeda Jazmon Sibley said...

How lovely and perfect for today. It's Friday... but Sunday's a comin'!! Happy Easter to you & yours!!

Joyce Ray said...

Ruth, thanks for your kind comment on my post. I'm probably old enough to have been your teacher! Thanks, also, for sharing the beautiful song to commemorate the holiness of today. I did not know that Bishop Clairveaux wrote the lyrics! Andy is right, "Sunday's a comin'!" Rejoice!

Linda at teacherdance said...

It's beautiful, Ruth. Interesting that the final translator kept such rhyme so true. I don't know much about the background of translators; I always admire that they write another's work so beautifully. Thank you, & Happy Easter!

Tara @ A Teaching Life said...

Just came from Tenebrae service where the choir sang this beautiful piece...somber and haunting. Thanks for sharing this version, Ruth, and Happy Easter up you.

Jeff Barger said...

This is a beautiful hymn that we have sung in worship. Thank you for sharing!

Steve Peterson said...

Beautiful, Ruth. Thanks for sharing both the hymn and the history. Happy Easter to you and your family!

I'm looking forward to reading the progressive poem. Best to you!

Violet N. said...

Beautiful ... I love this beautiful hymn.