Monday, December 26, 2011

Oh, What Songs of the Heart

This is a hymn that comforted me and helped me to celebrate my knowledge of our Heavenly Father's Great Plan of Happiness.  Interestingly, our Relief Society Chorister, who didn't know I had started arranging this hymn a few days previous, chose it as our practice hymn and read to us the story behind it's birth. When I arranged it for piano solo, I left off the last two lines of each verse, so here are the lyrics that go with the arrangement.  After you click on the link below, the audio will show on another window, but you may return to this window to follow the words as you listen.

Oh, What Songs of the Heart
Words by Joseph L. Townsend, Music by William Clayson

Oh, what songs of the heart we shall sing all the day,  (Alleluia!)
When again we assemble at home,  (Alleluia!)
When we meet ne’er to part with the blest o’er the way,
There no more from our loved ones to roam!

Tho our rapture and bliss there’s no song can express,
We will shout, we will sing o’er and o’er,
As we greet with a kiss, and with joy we caress
All our loved ones that passed on before.

Oh, the visions we’ll see in that home of the blest,
There’s no word, there’s no thought can impart,
But our rapture will be all the soul can attest,
In the heavenly songs of the heart.

Oh, what songs we’ll employ! Oh, what welcome we’ll hear!
While our transports of love are complete,
As the heart swells with joy in embraces most dear
When our heavenly parents we meet!

Oh, what songs of the heart, (Oh, what songs of the heart)
We shall sing in our heavenly home!  (Alleluia!)

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