Posted by: rbbadger | January 15, 2009

Songs of Praise

A while back, James sent me a video I was greatly entertained by, namely Songs of Praise (With Subtitles for the Hard of Hearing).  English is, to be blunt, just about one of the worst languages for singing that there is.  At least it is so in my opinion.  Enunciation is all important and it is easy to be lazy and let everything run together.  That doesn’t mean that singing in English can’t be beautiful.  It is and can be.  But you have to be careful with it.  Otherwise, you run the risk of wondering what a “shallmeno” is for a long time.

Here is the original text of “Blessed City, Heavenly Salem”.  Try to read this with the video and see if you can’t figure out the original from what is portrayed on the subtitles.

Blessed city, heavenly Salem,

Vision dear of peace and love,

Who of living stones upbuilded

Art the joy of heav’n above,

And, with angel cohorts circled,

As a bride to earth dost move!


From celestial realms descending,

Bridal glory round her shed,

To his presence, decked with jewels,

By her Lord shalt she be led:

All her streets and all her bulwarks

Of pure gold are fashionèd.



  1. Let Uncle Quince follow! 🙂

  2. Ha, ha, ha. Then there’s the land soom welcome doll.

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