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Riversong

by Kenneth Bridge  
11/17/2007 / Poetry


"Praise Him with trumpet sound"

Though so far no shofar, the trumpet will sound
Though darkness dare strong, ere long the circle will round.

Praise Him with harp and lyre

Mountain fastness to springs give birth,
Emerging trembling from the earth,
Welling fresh at world's first morn,
Music blest the river born,

Glissando and arpeggio, the merry waters tumble,
Icy streams in free fall, frothing white with bubble,
Find repose in shallow pools then gather force,
And with whetted power cuts its course,

"Praise Him with timbrel and dancing"

With nimble chance the trout will dance
His rainbow arcs upon the river
In gratitude for joy of life,
This prayer to dance before the Giver

"Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe "

Two great streams meet with momentous loss,
Mercy and Judgment at the cross,
Then flow as one, serene strength unopposed,
In ebb tide grows where in floodtide flows,


"Praise Him with loud cymbals,
Praise Him with high resounding cymbals"

With quickened pace the river race
Toward roaring surf , the edge of earth,
The conclusion to the story,
Judgment stark, too late the ark,
Man's folly shamed by Glory

Then falls to ocean from rocky height
Where gulls and terns wheel in flight,
With mournful plaint they mark the shattered stone
On which Babylon has fallen and sinks below

Conceit of man, Nimrod's race, towering pride now erased,
Under babbling water now in silent sea embrace
The arrogant city will forever keep
Silted and silent in ocean deep,

Light balmy breeze and blue vaulted sky,
Golden sun warms distant isles,
Endless reach of pristine beach,
Sky and ocean sunlit each,
The river finds eternal rest
Forever sweet, forever blest.
From first day to eternal morn
Music blest the river born,

Though darkness dare strong, ere long, the circle will round,
Though so far no shofar, the trumpet will sound.

Ken Bridge is a former policeman and pastor who lives in Northern Virginia.

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