“I have no response to that.”
— Angelica, Joe Versus the Volcano
Now the day is over, night is drawing nigh,
shadows of the evening steal across the sky.
Now the leafless landscape settles in repose,
waiting for the quiet of the winter snows.
Now as twilight gathers let us pause and hear
all the slowing pulsebeats of the waning year.
May the season’s rhythms, slow and strong and deep,
soothe the mind and spirit, lulling us to sleep.
Sleep until the rising of another spring
keeps the ancient promise fall and winter bring.
I suppose it’s right for the season, but my only real thought is it feels like something to be sung in welcome for a Yuletide vespers.
And I sit here really having not much more to say today. I didn’t like or hate it, I didn’t find it moving or annoying, the tune just is. I really feel like one of Meg Ryan’s characters (she plays three) in Joe Versus the Volcano (which you should watch). Truly, I have no response to this hymn.
I grew up with this hymn set to a different melody — slow, simple, quiet, and with beautiful harmony. I always felt it was a perfect pairing with the lyric and a touching way to end the day and welcome the night. Are you familiar with this melody? I don’t know why they didn’t use it in STLT. Here’s a nice recording of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWR2vVXZE5A