New Hymn Lyrics - James Taylor

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Source of all we hope or dread
Sheepdog, jackal, rattler, swan
We hunt your face and long to trust
That your hid mouth will say again
Let there be light
A clear new day

But when we thirst in this dry night
We drink from hot wells poisoned with the blood of children
And when we strain to hear a steady homing beam
Our ears are balked by stifled moans
And howls of desolation from the throats of sisters, brothers, wild men
Clawing at the gates for bread

Even our own feeble hands
Ache to seize the crown you wear
And work our private havoc through
The known and unknown lands of space

Absolute in flame beyond us
Seed and source of Dark and Day
Maker whom we beg to be
Our mother father comrade mate

'Til our few atoms blow to dust
Or form again in wiser lives
Or find your face and hear our name
In your calm voice the end of night
If dark may end
Wellspring goal of Dark and Day

Be here
Be now

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Small correction | Reviewer: Lee | 1/16/2008

Pretty sure the lyric is "known and unknown lands us face" instead of "lands of space." Also, I think that "Dark and Day" is "Dark and Hate" (rhymes with mate). Thanks for all your hard work - its great to have these available!

New Hymn Grows on Me | Reviewer: Kevin Arnold | 9/3/2006

This is the unexpected James Taylor song that continues to challenge me, after many many listenings-to. It doesn't rhyme, its images are all over the map, but I keep listening . . . a good song.

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