So everyone remembers that famous scene in Babe. Okay, I know what you're thinking...Is there a famous scene in that movie? Is Babe able to be 'relateable' to famous at all? Okay, so for those of you who attached themselves to that innocent movie like I did in my youth...Go with me for a moment. The night of the terrible storm. The one before the big show with the Boss. Where the cat disses the pig and he runs off somewhere. Well the memorable part for me was the T.V. show the Boss was watching, more noticeably, the girls' rendition of Cantique de Jean Racine. I felt it was almost a form of blasphemy that the piece was knocked about by the storm. How could a director, with any sense of artistic sensitivity cut out such a beautiful piece???
I'm very Irish. It's true, I'm even a hot head when I'm drunk (not that that happens too often;) So when I heard the title of this very French piece, I assumed it was a song to a lady that Faure was enfatuated with. Boy was I wrong! Turns out this song is actually a hymn of praise to our Lord. And I've decided tonight that it is a Hymn I want sung at my Funeral.
Here are the lyrics' translations and then please enjoy a beautiful piece with me. I promise, disaster aside, that the power will not be knocked out in the middle of this piece:)...
Word, equal to the Most High, our only hope,
Eternal day of the earth and the heavens,
From the peaceful night we break the silence,
Divine Savior, cast your eyes upon us!
Spread upon us the fire of your powerful wisdom
May all hell disappear at the sound of your voice;
Dispel that slumber of a languishing soul,
Which has driven it to forget your way!
Oh Christ, be favourable to this faithful people
Now gathered to bless you.
Receive the songs it offers to your immortal glory,
And may it return filled with your gifts!