Angel Speech

c. 1620 Vicenza, Italy A painting by Vincenzo Maganza in the church of San Stefano

I have heard it said that music,

Is angel speech.

Waves of praise, to amaze us,

All of us and each.

All with different instruments,

From flute to lyre,

And add the singers, and harps.

A purely, heavenly choir.

If we speak with tongues of angels,

At times when the Spirit prays,

We also speak in song,

Worshiping Him in many ways.

Heaven is ablaze with seraphim,

Holy, holy, holy, above the throne.

And a rainbow round it also shone,

Gentle faces, praising Him.

If music is indeed the speech of angels,

Why not just sing along with them?



“Music is well said to be the speech of angels; in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us near to the infinite.” Thomas Carlyle



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