The last of Mary Baker Eddy’s solos that the composer wrote (with the exception of the second version of “Satisfied”) and it is perhaps her favorite. A beautiful beginning melody that “soars and sings” and a strong middle section allow the vocalist to present these loving and powerful words in a wonderful way.
Words by Mary Baker Eddy
Music by Katrina Wylie
Brood o’er us with Thy shelt’ring wing,
‘Neath which our spirits blend
Like brother birds, that soar and sing,
And on the same branch bend.
The arrow that doth wound the dove
Darts not from those who watch and love.
If thou the bending reed wouldst break
By thought or word unkind,
Pray that his spirit you partake,
Who loved and healed mankind:
Seek holy thoughts and heavenly strain,
That make men one in love remain.
Learn, too, that wisdom’s rod is given
For faith to kiss and know;
That greeting glorious from high heaven,
Whence joys supernal flow,
Come from that Love, divinely near,
Which chastens pride and earthborn fear,
Through God, who gave that word of might
Which swelled creation’s lay;
“Let there be light, and there was light.”
What chased the clouds away? ( What chased the clouds away?)
‘Twas Love whose finger traced aloud
A bow of promise on the cloud.
Thou to whose power our hope we give,
Free us from human strife.
Fed by Thy love divine we live,
For love alone is Life;
And life most sweet,
As heart to heart
Speaks kindly when we meet and part.
Words by Mary Baker Eddy from the Christian Science Hymnal, used courtesy of The Mary Baker Eddy Collection