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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Enemy of Apathy ~ by John L Bell & Graham Maule ~ Lyrics

Song or Hymn about the Holy Spirit... very poetic... could be a good poem as well.

Enemy of Apathy ~ by John L Bell & Graham Maule ~ Lyrics

She sits like a bird, brooding on the waters, 
Hovering on the chaos of the world's first day; 
She sighs and she sings, mothering creation, 
Waiting to give birth to all the Word will say.

She wings over earth, resting where she wishes, 
Lighting close at hand or soaring through the skies; 
She nests in the womb, welcoming each wonder, 
Nourishing potential hidden to our eyes.

She dances in fire, startling her spectators, 
Waking tongues of ecstasy where dumbness reigned; 
She weans and inspires all whose hearts are open, 
Nor can she be captured, silenced or restrained.

For she is the Spirit, one with God in essence, 
Gifted by the Saviour in eternal love; 
She is the key opening the scriptures, 
Enemy of apathy and heavenly dove.

Source of this song on the internet:
(I got these links in the order of from the bottom to the top)


02 MAY, 2010

Hymn ~ Enemy of Apathy
One of the songs that had stuck with me during my choral singing days was "Enemy of Apathy",  It's hauntingly beautiful melody evokes a sense of mystery, loftiness...It's lyrics, wow...this is real poetry.  The Holy Spirit has always been of special interest to me, somehow...

Our choir master explained to us that gender of the Holy Spirit is feminine.  Why this was so, I found out later was because in Hebrew, "Spirit" is referred to in the feminine pronoun.   

Here is the song, along with the link to the opening line of the melody: http://www.oxfordmethodists.org.uk/130.mp3

{note: I left a comment below}


Welcome said...
I love this song too. I tried downloading the audio file but it doesn't work. Thanks.
November 10, 2011 9:36 AM  

Note that in the Bible, feminine "she" is used to describe the Holy Spirit.

From the Bible
Wis 7:22b-8:1

In Wisdom is a spirit
intelligent, holy, unique,
Manifold, subtle, agile,
clear, unstained, certain,
Not baneful, loving the good, keen,
unhampered, beneficent, kindly,
Firm, secure, tranquil,
all-powerful, all-seeing,
And pervading all spirits,
though they be intelligent, pure and very subtle.
For Wisdom is mobile beyond all motion,
and she penetrates and pervades all things by reason of her purity.
For she is an aura of the might of God
and a pure effusion of the glory of the Almighty;
therefore nought that is sullied enters into her.
For she is the refulgence of eternal light,
the spotless mirror of the power of God,
the image of his goodness.
And she, who is one, can do all things,
and renews everything while herself perduring;
And passing into holy souls from age to age,
she produces friends of God and prophets.
For there is nought God loves, be it not one who dwells with Wisdom.
For she is fairer than the sun
and surpasses every constellation of the stars.
Compared to light, she takes precedence;
for that, indeed, night supplants,
but wickedness prevails not over Wisdom.

Indeed, she reaches from end to end mightily
and governs all things well.


"If only I had an enemy bigger than my apathy I could have won."
~ Unknown


John Lamberton Bell (born 1949, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire) is a hymn-writer. A Church of Scotland minister, he is a member of the Iona Community, a broadcaster, and former student activist. He works throughout the world, often lecturing in theological colleges in the UK, Canada and the United States, but is primarily concerned with the renewal of congregational worship at the grass roots level.

Music career

After a period in the Netherlands and two posts in church youth work, he became employed full-time in the areas of music and worship with the Wild Goose Resource Group. He is a past convener of the Church of Scotland's Panel on Worship and also convened the Committee to revise the Church Hymnary.

In 1999 he was honoured by the Presbyterian Church in Canada and the Royal School of Church Music which bestowed a Fellowship on him, and in 2002 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Glasgow.

Bell has produced (sometimes in collaboration with Graham Maule) many collections of original hymns and songs and two collections of songs of the World Church. These are published by the Iona Community in Scotland and by G.I.A. Publications (Chicago) in North America. Several collections of his work have been published in translation in Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Danish, Dutch, Frisian, Japanese and German.

Video on YouTube...

Recording not good but it does remind me what the tune sounded like

PLC 2011 Valedictory, Part 2, chorale and girls singing Enemy of Apathy


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