Friday, 1 July 2011

Songs In The Night

Over the past year or so I have posted a few poems from the book “Echoes Of Eternity” by Michael R Abbott. He has now produced a second book called “Songs In The Night”. The Preface to the new book is as follows -

“This book contains a collection of poems written over a period of about 25 years. They are all capable of being sung and some suggested tunes are provided at the back of the book. However, it is hoped that they will also be of blessing to those who simply wish to read them. The greatest benefit will be gained by reading the given text or portion from the Bible before reading the poem.
“To say that this is a selection of modern hymns would be true, but at the same time misleading. They are unashamedly written in the style of our old hymns, in rhyming metre and with themes that are drawn from the scriptures themselves.”

I particularly like the following poem, which shares it’s title with the book; used with permission.

Songs In The Night

When darkness pervades
And evils unite,
When troubles disturb
And terrors affright,
He pierces the shadow
With glorious light
And gives to His children
Sweet songs in the night.

When comforts desert
And foes strong assail,
When bodily strength
And health start to fail,
The promise of Scripture
Is ours as by right:
That He gives His children
Sweet songs in the night.

In dungeon or cell,
Though beaten and sore,
Bereft of all hope,
Abandoned and poor;
The Lord sees from heaven
The sufferer’s plight,
And gives to His children
Sweet songs in the night.

The midnight draws near
And sin does abound,
But soon, o’er the earth,
A trumpet shall sound.
Till then let us follow
By faith, not by sight,
For He gives His children
Sweet songs in the night.


Job 35.10
 
 

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