LibriVox volunteers bring you 9 recordings of Cana by James Freeman Clarke, from The World’s Best Poetry, edited by Bliss Carman. This was the Weekly Poetry project for November 14th – November 21st, 2010.
Trivia: After hearing the song “John Brown’s Body”, Clarke suggested that Mrs. Julia Ward Howe write new lyrics; the result was “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”. He published but few verses, but at heart was a poet. (summary from Wikipedia)
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Dear Friend! whose presence in the house,
Whose gracious word benign,
Could once, at Cana’s wedding feast,
Change water into wine;
Come, visit us! and when dull work
Grows weary, line on line,
Revive our souls, and let us see
Life’s water turned to wine.
Gay mirth shall deepen into joy,
Earth’s hopes grow half divine,
When Jesus visits us, to make
Life’s water glow as wine.
The social talk, the evening fire,
The homely household shrine,
Grow bright with angel visits, when
The Lord pours out the wine.
For when self-seeking turns to love,
Not knowing mine nor thine,
The miracle again is wrought,
And water turned to wine.
This week’s poem can be found here.