Sunday, September 22, 2013

Sonnet: Psalms 46

Sonnet: Psalms 46

Our living God, protecting us with strength
Despite our fleeting fear, and earth's unease.
His glor'ious mount, a refuge without length,
Tho' earthly quakes and roarings of the seas.

Through holy city, streams the river glad,
Where God resides as one eternal round.
Though kingdoms fall, as wrought by heathens mad,
The Lord of Hosts, King Jacob's God stands ground.

Destructions brought and fates of wars reversed
Behold the awe-some works of God, whose might
Burnt the chariot, split the spear and bloodied bow.
Exalt our Heav'nly King above our plight.
        The Lord of Hosts chastises with His Rod
        Be still, my child, and know that I am God.


The original Psalm reads as follows:

1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth.He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

So I definitely agree with those that posted before about how writing sonnets is hard. Because it is. And not only that but not just saying whatever I want to say but regurgitating what someone else said in sonnet form...even harder. And, we touched on this in class, it was hard for me to not make it sound hokey. (I'm not saying I succeeded...). Enjambment! I forgot about it till I was done and then trying to fit it in...very difficult as well. At least I can say I was stretched today:]

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