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23 February 2010 @ 05:01 pm
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I need a hymn which could potentially draw someone back to himself as he fought a great darkness. I’ve already used “Amazing Grace” for something else. :) Ideas, suggestions, places I could look?

A song of some sort which references/relies on God’s strength would also do, but it pretty much either has to be a hymnal or something of Clear Channel radio station popularity, and a hymn would be better since it’s unlikely to run into copyright issues. :)

ETA: Oh, wow. martyn44 and phantomminuet absolutely nailed it with “Eternal Father, Strong to Save”. Holy crap, I love the Internet Hive Mind. Thank you SO MUCH!!!!!!

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Queen of the Skiesqueenoftheskies on February 23rd, 2010 04:03 pm (UTC)
Rock of Ages.
mayakdamayakda on February 23rd, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
Good one.

Some that I can think of:

Battle Hymn of The Republic ("Mine eyes have seen the glory ...")
God is Our Refuge and Strength (favorite RAF song)
Ode to Joy ("Joyful, joyful we adore Thee...")
Morning Has Broken (so very pop)

something that would come up on a classical station
Hallelujah chorus
Ave Maria
Salve Regina

Laura Anne Gilmansuricattus on February 23rd, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
Alas, the equivalent music I know is not Christian-based, and so would probably not meet those standards of "popularity."
shevdon on February 23rd, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
You could use Jerusalem - that talks about girding oneself up for a fight. It't also very England specific, though. Don't know if that's a problem.
Natural20natural20 on February 23rd, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
De Profunis - Out of the Depths

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord;
Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to my voice in supplication:

If you, O Lord, mark iniquities,
Lord, who can stand?
But with you is forgiveness,
that you may be revered.

I trust in the Lord;
my soul trusts in his word.
My soul waits for the Lord,
more than sentinels wait for the dawn.
More than sentinels wait for the dawn,
let Israel wait for the Lord;

For with the Lord is kindness
and with him is plenteous redemption;
And he will redeem Israel from all their iniquities

shevdon on February 23rd, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC)
Another thought occurs: Isn;t Nearer, My God, To Thee what you sing as your ship is sinking? Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down, Darkness be over me, my rest a stone; Yet in my dreams I'd be nearer, my God, to Thee, - Just a thought.
(Anonymous) on February 23rd, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC)
I'm not quite sure if this is what you're looking for (or even if it would work for your scenario), but one of the most evocative songs that I know is Oh Danny Boy. For me it bypasses the head goes straight to the heart and is irrevocably interwoven with my identity.
dancinghorse: Cthulhudancinghorse on February 23rd, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
If the setting is British Isles and the culture is Anglican, try "Old 100th": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_100th

Then there's "O God, Our Help in Ages Past." http://www.hymnsite.com/lyrics/umh117.sht That's got a stalwart rhythm and a rousing tune.

martyn44martyn44 on February 23rd, 2010 04:16 pm (UTC)
Eternal Father, strong to save?
Min: Classic/Mermaid/HeySailorphantomminuet on February 23rd, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
I thought of that one, myself. It would be particularly appropriate, if the hero was besieged in a maritime environment, since that hymn is the Navy Hymn..."Oh, hear us when we cry to thee, For those in peril on the sea."
kitmizkit on February 23rd, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
Oh. Oh, that's PERFECT. Oh, that's *PERFECT*! YAY! Thank you!
Min: Skittles/Sweetphantomminuet on February 23rd, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
Glad to help. :-)
desperancedesperance on February 23rd, 2010 07:54 pm (UTC)
You do know the US Episcopal version differs somewhat from the original...?
Min: Jesus/LookBusyphantomminuet on February 23rd, 2010 04:17 pm (UTC)
"Be Still, My Soul" is the one I sing to myself when I'm low.

Be still, my soul; the Lord is on thy side;
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul; thy best, thy heavenly, Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul; thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence, let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul; the waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.

Be still, my soul, though dearest friends depart
And all is darkened in the vale of tears;
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrows and thy fears.
Be still, my soul; thy Jesus can repay
From His own fulness all He takes away.

Be still, my soul; the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love's purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul; when change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

Of course, considering the context in which it was written, you can't go wrong with "It Is Well With My Soul".

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.

But, Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

reddianareddiana on February 23rd, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
Either Lord of the Dance, or the Shaker hymn it was derived from--Simple Gifts, which I'm fairly sure is in public domain.
reddianareddiana on February 23rd, 2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
Here are the lyrics to Simple Gifts (which seem awfully pertinent to your scenario!):

'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free,
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gain'd,
To bow and to bend we shan't be asham'd,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come round right.
artful_dabblerartful_dabbler on February 24th, 2010 06:07 am (UTC)
This one was also used as a spell (for a spell?) in one of Mercedes Lackey's books.
Sunfeetdreamstrifer on February 23rd, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
My Hope is built on Nothing Less.
Here are the lyrics: http://lutheran-hymnal.com/lyrics/lw368.htm

Sunfeet: l is for lutherandreamstrifer on February 23rd, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
Also, you can never go wrong with A Mighty Fortress is Our God.

Edited at 2010-02-23 04:23 pm (UTC)
elektra_h: Elektra & Flash on groom tableelektra on February 23rd, 2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
Don't know how appropriate it is to what you're doing - but the first thing that came to mind when I read your post was Jeff Buckley's rendition of Hallelujah - which can be heard here
It always has a profound effect on me.
UrsulaVursulav on February 23rd, 2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
Battle Hymn of the Republic! You know you want to!
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