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Friday, 11 August 2006

Hymn Struck

上星期日中午。聖瑪莉座堂。我唱聖詩的時候哭了。

唱的是Be Thou My Vision,是我多年來其中一首all time favourites

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall
,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

Original lyrics: ancient Irish hymn
Translated into English by
Mary Byrne, 1905
Versed by
Eleanor Hull, 1912
Music: Slane (Irish)

自從參加教會以來一直都頗喜歡這首詩歌,但真正入心入肺思潮起伏的,這應該是第三次。

第一次,我躊躇滿志,準備迎向生命裡更大的挑戰。是多年前在哥頓康維爾神學院開課不久,某天早會舉行Richard Lints老師的受任典禮,他親自選了這首歌,並以它為分享信息的主題。台上老師英姿颯颯,還很記坐在旁邊的Anna Lai問我,Do you aspire to be up there one day?我搖頭,No。她說,Really Are you being honest (我還記得Anna說過她的Chinese name is黎敏玲,不過除了這三隻字之外,我未聽過她講第四隻中文字。)

第二次,我剛踏進人生的更衣室,尋找一片喘息的空間,也尋索下半場可走的路。是剛到愛丁堡不久,大學的開學主日禮拜。除了時間地點之外,我對那次崇拜的一切都沒有印象,就只記得唱過這歌,感覺仿似是上主在敲打我窗,免我忘記來愛丁堡幹啥。

第三次,更衣室時日無多,只見前路漫漫何其修遠,但不知往那裡去。此刻,是誰 在敲打我窗?是誰 在撩動琴弦?

只願我常緊記,Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise, Thou mine inheritance, now and always。自勉。

3 comments:

angie said...

Hi, I am Angie Ng. Have kept viewing your blog for your updates and enjoying your inspiring and amusing messages.
Too lazy to respond, but this time yes. Me too. I love this song very much. I don't know how and why the memory of this song somehow linked with you. In early days, I was moved by the melody and now more the proclaimation and will postraited. My heart always get comfort and strengthening everytime I hear or sing this song.
Michelle and I are also great fans of 'West Wing'. We have the DVD for the 1st two series and have watched them for ten times more or less. It is so enjoyable yet demanding to me because of its fast pace and wordy that I have to be very attentive. But then we missed the latter series.
Ah, Michelle will not go to UK for university study but stay in HKUST - BBA. Many reasons. Thank God that everythings are settled right now and may God bless her as always.
Will you come back this summer? (Well this summer is passing already). Anyway hope to see you sometime, someplace. Blessings
Angie

輝記 said...

我知道更衣室外的世界是遼闊浩大的,就像世界杯賽場中,走出更衣室就有數萬現場球迷、數以十億的家庭觀眾在等候著你!「你站在更衣室內看風景,看風景的人在場上看你。明月裝飾了你的窗子,你裝飾了別人的夢。」Yam,等待著你出場,如我等待英超開鑼一樣!哈!

Yam 飲者 said...

ANGIE: Thanks for being a constant reader, and thank you for leaving your footprint - finally.
'I don't know how and why the memory of this song somehow linked with you.' You really don't know why? I know! Because, when in church, I often don't really sing the hymns; but when I come across hymns that I like (such as this one), I tend to sing louder than your husband's hifi. It's not surprising that you link this hymn to me.
Congratulations to Michelle. UST is a strong school, its Business School is arguably the best choice you can go for a business degree. Saves you a lot of money, at least.
And ... O, O, O, this summer is passing already? O...aiya ... I try not to look at the calendar too often ga la.

輝記:你打的是甚麼波呀?更衣室有風景看的?更衣室唔係講波直播室啊!你咪走入人地個更衣室度「鴿野」啊!甚麼明月裝修甚麼窗子,喂我才疏學淺唔明呀大佬,你係咪引述邊個名句呀?留英之後咁深架你講野?!
丫不過話時話,我就係怕萬千球迷同家庭觀眾,不如都係入直播室講波好過,任嗡。「即係咁,下半場只有兩個可能性,呢個球員一係出場,一係唔出場。」