Sunday, 4 October 2009

Thanks Be to God - and Bless This House

Thanks Be to God



Thanks be to God for roses red,
For homes and hearths and daily bread
For all the worlds thy hands have wrought--
Thanks be to God.

Thanks be to God for surf on seas,
For trilling finches, flowering trees,
For freshness that cannot be bought--
Thanks be to God.

Thanks be to God for prophet-truth,
For hands that work for right and ruth,
For every healing act and thought,
Thanks be to God.

Thanks be to God who guides our days
From loss to Love, from pain to praise
For Thee, the Gift of gifts unsought--
Thanks be to God!

--Sr. Faith Bowman (Stanza 1 Anonymous)

To be sung to the music of "Thanks Be to God" by Stanley Dickson
is an iconic Australian composer
 well known for her composition, Bless this House.
  Miss Eagle grew up in Bowen, North Queensland,
and remembers the story John Chamberlain,
conductor and energiser of the Bowen Choral Society,
used to tell about his wife Mary.
Mary used to be involved in a lot of musical activities
for troops and others in World War II.
Her repertoire used to regularly include Bless This House.
John used to say Mary was known as
Mary "Bless This House" Chamberlain.  ...smile...with fondest memories...
PS: Miss Eagle was the youngest member, 
at age 12 years, of the Bowen Choral Society.)


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