Thought for the Week

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Most of us were lucky to be brought up on nurs­ery rhymes. Most of us en­joy re­mem­ber­ing them.

Do you re­mem­ber Sim­ple Si­mon who met some­one on his way to the fair or what the Queen of Hearts did? Do you re­call Lit­tle Bo-peep, Ge­orgie Porgie and Jack Spratt? You could add to this list of char­ac­ters, I’m sure.

Wil­liam Wordsworth wrote a lovely poem rem­i­nisc­ing about the danc­ing daf­fodils that he saw as he ‘wan­der’d lonely as a cloud’, ex­press­ing his deep feel­ings about the scene, you feel, he was in when he wrote them.

Po­etry of var­i­ous kinds has been, and re­mains, part of many peo­ple’s lives.

Many books of the Bi­ble are im­mersed in po­etry.

I think no one would dis­pute that the words of so many of the hymns we know so well and love so much are beau­ti­ful po­etry.

We may ask our­selves why a par­tic­u­lar hymn is a favourite be­cause of the words or the mu­sic. I think my an­swer is that it’s both.

Cri­mond is a lovely set­ting for a hymn from a psalm turned into a met­ri­cal poem:

“The Lord’s my shep­herd, I’ll not want, He makes me down to lie in pas­tures green; He lead­eth me the quiet wa­ters by”.

Is it the mu­sic or the words that ap­peal? I reckon both.

When we read the Bi­ble or sing Hymns, we are taken to a place with strong images. Show­ing us how to en­joy what is all around us. And such won­ders are there for us to en­joy and be part. Karen Hamil­ton DCS, Cam­bus­lang Par­ish Church.

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