Thoughts on Music, Community, and Spirituality
17 September 2017

For Victor Hugo (Sunday Psalms Series)

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Sunday Psalms: Fictional Narratives & Poetry Inspired by the Psalms, Proverbs, & Other Biblical Works

From our more recent posts, it’s probably obvious that Ben and I have been reading quite a bit of poetry. Our favorites artists include Mary Oliver and Louise Glück. We’ve come to see how this style of writing has the ability to evoke images that stir us to notice the world around us. Sometimes, a few simple lines do more stirring than an entire novel.

Today’s post is a very simple poem that is, in part, inspired by a famous quote from Victor Hugo’s essay on William Shakespeare. In 1864, he wrote the following*:*also translated “Music expresses that which cannot be said & which cannot be suppressed”.

I’ve mulled over this quote for many months and have written a poetic response below. Thanks, as always, for reading. ~ Heidi

For Victor Hugo

Sing with me,
Sing alone…
Fight for hidden language
Nestled deep in man’s soul.
Heart strings, release!
Pluck your tune for these attentive ears
And I will listen with a melody of my own.

Sing aloud unto God our strength: Make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob. Raise a song, and bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery. Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our feast-day. Psalm 81:1-3 (ASV)

Question to Ponder: When has a piece of music stirred you?

Song Recommendation: I Dreamed a Dream (Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables)

-Read Previous Sunday Psalms from Season Two: Episode 1Episode 2Episode 3Episode 4Episode 5,Episode 6Episode 7Episode 8Episode 9, Episode 10Episode 11Episode 12Episode 13Episode 14Episode 15Episode 16,  Episode 17Episode 18Episode 19Episode 20Episode 21Episode 22Episode 23Episode 24Episode 25Episode 26Episode 27Episode 28Episode 29Episode 30Episode 31Episode 32Episode 33,  Episode 34Episode 35Episode 36, Episode 37Episode 38, Episode 39


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Written by Heidi Beth Sadler, Inspired by Victor Hugo & Psalm 81. Copyright © 2017 Benjamin & Heidi Sadler, All Rights Reserved.


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