Rambles of One Windborn(e)

from EDWARD WATERS, Bard of the Grey Wind

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Poet, singer-songwriter, essayist, aphorist. BA in English Literature (1980); Master of Divinity (1991). Married in 1980 to Cindy ('My best friend and the love of my life'). Itinerant work of music and speaking spanned four decades, ranging over most of the length of the U.S. eastern seaboard and to England. Has composed over 90 songs. Released first recorded collection, The Thing That Matters, in 1988. This and more recent selections may be heard online at Edward's primary website, Bard of the Grey Wind, also containing some of his general writing and poetry. Partial to ancient and mediaeval literature and history; Shakespeare; etymology; legend and folklore; and the lives, works, and scholarship of British authors associated with the Inklings circle. Enjoys early and Baroque music, 'period' films, family evenings of reading aloud, and (particularly during autumn and winter) walking in the woods and mountains. Also has devout views on the proper preparation of a decent cup of tea.

07 April 2008

A Word of Encouragement [It's tax-time, after all.]









The Hope That Comes From You

A Song by Edward Waters
(Copyright © May 1983)
[Click to hear this song]


I walk out my front door into a world that's full of grief,
And what few smiles men wear seem born of blindness or deceit.
But when in weaker moments I would do as others do,
I hear a Voice behind me telling me the way that's true.[1]

In these troubled times men search for hope where they may,
But I will only put my trust, Lord, in the words You say;[2]
For, oh! the man that has no hope but the hope that comes from You!
How blessed is that man,[3] because his hopes will all come true!


Often I can feel temptation creeping up within;
My old and wicked nature tries to draw me back again.
But I must not despair, nor grow weary from the fight;
The Spirit of my God
is my Source of victorious might! [4]

In these troubled times men search for hope where they may,
But I will only put my trust, Lord, in the words You say;
For, oh! the man that has no hope but the hope that comes from You!
How blessed is that man, because his hopes will all come true!


Now, I don't pretend to know how soon my Saviour will return,
But every passing day marks one less day of my sojourn.
And every time I step outside I look up to the skies.
One day when I look up, oh! what a sight will meet my eyes! [5]

No more troubled times for all those covered by Your grace! [6]
At last we'll hear the word of God while looking on Your face! [7]
And every man who had no hope but the hope that came from You --
How blessed will he be, because his hopes will have come true!


[1] Isaiah 30.20-21
[2] Deuteronomy 8.3
[3] Psalm 146.5
[4] John 14.15-17
[5] Acts 1.11
[6] Revelation 21.3-5
[7] I Corinthians 13.12

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