Thought for the Week
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.