We cannot tell why thought should leap across the ocean's wide expanse. I talk as I used to when from Cupid's quiver, flew darts of affection my bosom to scar. And fate has led me safe through scenes of blood, through evergreen forests where Spring, still supreme, spread all the rich tints in keeping. For me to-morrow's arching sky shall canopy a rising sun. And Hope's young sun for ever set, behind whose folds the starry crowds, Lie hidden in the silent sky — Rich violet and purple clouds, A tabernacle form on high. The Majesty of Grace, bringing the soul thus far. We'll watch the Highland eagle soar.
–words: redeeming Thomas Bracken & John Newton poetic words. Accompanying music: Majesty by delirious? – Martin Smith & Stuart Garrand lyrics.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.9.12~
Sometimes when a singer sings, they not only pierce the air but they pierce hearts with their beautiful sound. Singer Hayley Westernra talks about singing for Christchurch City, her hometown that is rebuilding after earthquake devastation.
Click on Hayley’s pic to be wowed. Lyrics to this hym originally penned by a slave trader in unenlightened times of world history, named John Newton (1725-1807) who wrote this song once he had an epiphany of how gibbing others in order to profit, was wrong, follow:
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
[TVNZ news footage screen cap photo- A grandmother listens to Hayely sing the words of this timeless hymn at Hagley Park Christchurch City]
T’was Grace that taught my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
‘Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and Grace will lead me home.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.18.11~