The Silence and the Song

It is snowing today.  One of my favorite things about the snow is the way it muffles all sound.  I love to go out walking during the storm to feel enveloped, snuggled even by the lack of sound.  In a life full of so many voices clamoring for our attention, how rich it feels to be alone with the wonder of snow.

I came across this poetry by Mark Patterson recently.  The music to which it is set is equally lovely and you can hear it here.  It expresses beautifully how enriched our lives are because of the silent times which make our life-song so much more vibrant.

The Silence and the Song

How bright the morning that warms the afternoon.

How rich the evening whose cloak reveals the moon.

How pure the darkness that greets the breaking dawn.

How sweet the silence just before the song.

In winter’s stillness the dance of spring begins.

In summer’s twilight the autumn breeze blows in.

To ev’ry season both peace and pulse belong

So bound together, the silence and the song.

Before the tender lullaby can soothe us with its sound,

Before the finest symphony can swell with notes profound

The silence must resound, the silence must resound.

And so we listen in moments clear and calm

To hear, with wonder the quiet strains prolong.

So when we sing with voices pure and strong

Both gifts surround us: the silence and the song.

Advertisements

10 Responses to “The Silence and the Song”


  1. 1 Colleen Kole February 10, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Beautiful, peaceful. I hope to enjoy a silent walk soon.

  2. 2 Madison May 9, 2010 at 7:09 am

    I sang this song for choir back in 5th grade… It was one of my favorites.

  3. 3 Chloe September 21, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    I am Singing this piece in my 6th grade encore my teacher Catherine Butler (A.K.A Ms. Butler) Says she really enjoyed singing this piecer when she was younger

  4. 5 Patricia Jane May 28, 2011 at 5:10 am

    This is a beautiful post! Absolutely beautiful.

  5. 6 Alexis September 26, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    I am singing this in my 8th grade chorus concert in a week and I must say that this is one of my most favorite songs that we will be singing.

  6. 7 DJ ZO October 4, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Hi there colleagues, its enormous piece of writing about tutoringand completely
    explained, keep it up all the time.

  7. 8 fifa 17 coins January 26, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Quality articles is the secret to interest the viewers to
    go to see the site, that’s what this web site is
    providing.

  8. 9 Minny February 8, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    I’m singing this for 7th grade chorus. It is absolutely beautiful! :3


  1. 1 fifa 15 fut coins Trackback on April 12, 2015 at 8:40 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s




Categories

Art Every Day Month

Pages

Archives

Blog Stats

  • 111,149 hits
February 2010
M T W T F S S
« Dec   Mar »
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728

%d bloggers like this: