1 Songs of spirit, like a prayer
breathing in the ambient air;
singing in the morning light,
in the radiance of the day,
in the twilight shadows gray,
in the brooding hush of night;
dark or light, or storm, or fair —
singing, singing everywhere.
2 In the burgeoning of spring,
in the summer’s scented bloom,
in the autumn’s mellow glow,
in the winter’s ice and snow;
shade, or shine, or joy, or gloom,
as the seasons come and go,
break and bare, or blossoming —
still the songs that sing and sing!
3 Singing, singing everywhere,
at the heart of everything,
in my soul I hear them sing;
mystic music of the spheres;
songs that, with my utmost art,
I can only catch in part;
broken echoes, cold and bare,
of the songs my spirit hears.
Born: February 18, 1867, Harveysburg, Ohio.
Died: July 23, 1956, Arlington, Massachusetts.
Buried: Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Ham began his career as a journalist and bank clerk in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ordained a Unitarian minister in 1898, he pastored in Chattanooga (1898-1904); at the First Church in Dallas, Texas (1904-09); and in Reading (1909-34), Waverly (1934-42), and Gardner, Massachusetts (1943-45). The Meadville Theological School in Chicago, Illinois, awarded him a Doctor of Divinity degree in 1942, the year he retired. Ham’s works include:
The Golden Shuttle, 1896
The Kinchin Stories, 1914
Songs of the Spirit, 1932
Songs of Faith and Hope, 1940
O Mother-Heart, 1941… Go to person page >
Display Title: Songs of SpiritFirst Line: Songs of spirit, like a prayerTune Title: SERVETUSAuthor: Marion Franklin Ham, 1868-1956Meter: 184.108.40.206.D.Date: 1993Subject: Dedication of a Building | ; Seasons and Cycles | ; The Arts | ; Transcending Mystery and Wonder | The Celebration of Life