I’m singing for a wedding tomorrow! =) I think the nicest thing about it so far is a lovely song I’ve discovered entitled When Love is Found. I knew the tune already from Charlotte Church’s The Water is Wide, and the difference between the two in terms of lyrics and overall message is so different. The tune is one that could be happy or sad; in the former, the last verse is sung triumphantly, in the latter, it slows down and fades out, conveying deep sorrow. The lyrics are as follows:
When Love is Found
When love is found and hope comes home,
Sing and be glad that two are one.
When love explodes and fills the sky,
Praise God and share our Maker’s joy.
When love has flow’red in trust and care,
Build both each day that love may dare
To reach beyond home’s warmth and light,
To serve and strive for truth and right.
When love is tried as loved-ones change,
Hold still to hope though all seems strange,
Till ease returns and love grows wise
Through list’ning ears and opened eyes.
When love is torn and trust betrayed,
Pray strength to love till torments fade,
Till lovers keep no score of wrong,
But hear through pan love’s Easter song.
Praise God for love, praise God for life,
In age or youth, in husband, wife,
Lift up your hearts, let love be fed
Through death and life in broken bread.
The Water is Wide
The water is wide, I cannot get o’er,
And neither have I thy wings to fly,
Give me a boat that will carry two,
And both shall row, my love and I
Where love is planted, o there it grows,
It grows and blossoms like a rose,
It has a sweet and pleasant smell,
No flower on earth can it excel
A ship there is and she sails the sea,
She’s loaded deep as deep can be,
But not so deep as the love I’m in,
I know not if I sink or swim.
Oh love is handsome and love is fine
And love’s a jewel while it is new,
But when it is old it grows so cold
And fades away like morning dew.
It’s quite a perfect demonstration of the difference(s) between being in love and loving. It speaks of the immaturity of one and the maturity needed to sustain the other. Good stuff.