Christian Author: Nancy W. Boyer

The Child’s Voice..closest to Angels

UK  Livera BoysThe innocence…quality…and tenderness of the voices of children is what I am sharing with you today.  As we grow older, the voice changes…as do the qualities of childhood. It is a beauty that is lost to age, but nonetheless a joy forever when captured before it is no more…as in this video.  Libera boys ingins

One of my favorites is Going Home. (Lyrics shown below.)

The boys singing are from the U.K. and are called Libera.  The singers  are aged seven to sixteen and  attend many different local schools in South London and come from a variety of backgrounds. Libera thinks of themselves as more than choirboys, but also as a boy band. Don’t miss the beautiful song that  calls for God’s Mercy (Salva Me) and Abide with Me.

I leave you with this thought.

 Ask God for mercy, and to know that He gives mercy and forgiveness. Certainly feel safe with Him. This song is about being saved from the darkness, chaos, from things that harm. To fly away and be saved from this darkness. To feel calm within the grace of God.

Sit back and quietly listen and enjoy in the frustrations of the day and in busy lives. You will not be disappointed. Lyrics to Going Home by William Arms Fisher, Music by Antonin  Dvorak

Goin’ home. Goin’ home. I’m a-goin’ home. 
Quiet-like some still day, I’m just goin’ home. 
It’s not far, just close by, through an open door. 
Work all done, cares laid by, goin’ to roam no more; 
Mother’s there ‘xpecting me, father’s waiting, too, 
Lots of folks gathered there, all the friends I knew. 

Morning star lights the way, restless dream all done. 
Shadows gone, break of day, real life just begun. 
There’s no break, there’s no end, just a-living on; 
Wide awake, with a smile, going on and on. 
Going home. Going home, I’m just going home. 
It’s not far, just close by, through an open door.

The Composer’s Story:

William Arms Fisher was a pupil of famed composer Antonin Dvorak, studying under Dvorak in New York City. A native of Prague, in 1893, Dvorak composed his most famous symphony, the Symphony No. 9 in E Minor “From the New World”. It was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and was an homage to the United States, which had just passed its 100th anniversary of being a country.

Contrary to popular belief, Dvorak did not base the symphony on any existing folk songs. Rather, he wrote original themes based on what he’d heard of Native American and African American music in the United States. The symphony was met with immediate success at its premier on December 16, 1893 at Carnegie Hall.

In a newspaper interview, for the New York Herald in 1893, Dvorak challenged American composers to look at their own country’s rich heritage of native music to draw their inspiration from. His full quote: “in the African American melodies of America I discover all that is needed for a great and noble school of music. They are pathetic, tender, passionate, melancholy, solemn, religious, bold, merry, gay or what you will. It is music that suits itself to any mood or purpose. There is nothing in the whole range of composition that cannot be supplied with themes from this source. The American musician understands these tunes and they move sentiment in him.”   William Arms Fisher took up the challenge, starting by penning words to the Largo melody of the second movement of Dvorak’s symphony.

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