Wednesday, November 23, 2005


Psalm 126

The Lord turned around the
captivity of Zion.
We found ourselves like
those who awake still dreaming;
our mouths filled with laughter,
shouting rejoicing,
nations report the news:
‘The Lord who does great things
has done so for them!’
We gladly say, ‘Amen.’

Turn round now our capture
like rivers return to deserts.
Precious seed's sown therefore
soon we shall reap with shouting.
He who goes out weeping,
doubtless, returning,
will come again with joy —
The Lord who does great things
has done so for us —
with sheaves at harvest home.

The tune that this is written to fit is from Brahms Symphony No. 1 In C minor; the first principal theme from the fourth movement, marked 'Allegro non troppo, ma con brio' and ranging from bars 61-76 (with the last two notes back to the tonic chord and not as Brahms wrote it replacing bar 77.) I would transpose the tune to G.