Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Be Ye Glad

One of my favorite songs from the 1980’s is Be Ye Glad written by Michael Kelly Blanchard.

It is interesting to note that the author explained that the words were responses to the Iranian hostage crisis, mass killings in Cambodia, the murder of Israeli athletes in Munich by 8 Arab terrorists, Watergate, Kent State, People’s Temple mass suicide and the calamities of the 1970’s …

In these days of confused situations.
In these nights of a restless remorse,
When the heart and the soul of the nation,
lay wounded and cold as a corpse.
From the grave of the innocent Adam,
comes a song bringing joy to the sad.
Oh your cry has been heard and the ransom,
has been paid up in full, Be Ye Glad.

Oh, Be Ye Glad, Be Ye Glad,

Every debt that you ever had
Has been paid up in full
by the grace of the Lord,
Be Ye Glad, Be Ye Glad, Be Ye Glad.

From the dungeon a rumor is stirring.

You have heard it again and again.

But this time the cell keys are turning,

and outside there are faces of friends.

And though your body lay weary from wasting,

and your eyes show the sorrow they've had.

Oh the love that your heart is now tasting

has opened the gate, Be Ye Glad.

So be like lights on the rim of the water,

giving hope in a storm sea of night.

Be a refuge amidst the slaughter,

for these fugitives in their flight.

For you are timeless and part of a puzzle.

You are winsome and young as a lad.

And there is no disease or no struggle,

that can pull you from God, Be Ye Glad.
The great social commentator Paul Harvey once said "In times like these, it's helpful to remember that there have always been times like these."

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