A Victorian musical masterpiece as simple, dramatic and moving as its majestic 2000 year old source. This particular performance is all the more touching for the sincere catch in Stanford Olsen’s fine tenor voice as this great Easter hymn approaches its climactic, heart-clutching moment:
“And once again the scene was changed,
New earth there seemed to be.
I saw the Holy City beside the tideless sea.
The light of God was on its streets, the gates were open wide,
And all who would might enter, and no one was denied!
No need of moon or stars by night,
Or sun to shine by day:
It was the new Jerusalem that would not pass away!
It was the new Jerusalem that would not pass away!”
Easter morning, 2013, as if on cue, the first daffodils open…
If a larger lesson for all faiths is to be drawn from an observance of Easter, it is contained in these words of Alexandr Solzhenitsyn: “Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this [collectivist tyranny] has happened.” Echoes William Penn: “”Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.”