Last verses: Alleluia chorus -- "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence"

Last verses: Alleluia chorus -- "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence"

Everything seems to speed up as Advent, the church season preceding Christmas, arrives. So much to do! So much to hear! So much to read!

Serious help has arrived: I've found a last verse which will do for those of you who can't wait through 43 other marvelous pieces of music by Handel to reach his "Hallelujah" chorus.

With a slight spelling (but not meaning) change, to "Alleluia," take a look at the last verse of the great old Advent hymn, "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence."

At his feet the six-winged seraph,

Cherubim, with sleepless eye,

Veil their faces to the presence,

As with ceaseless voice they cry:

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia,

Lord Most High!


Margaret Serious has a page on Facebook. Catch up there for earlier verses and other Serious fun.

Update: To catch up faster on all of the hymns in the "Last verses" series, click here.


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  • It is refreshing to absorb these verses out of their usual context. Do you meditate on and journal about the meaning these verses have for you, Margaret?

  • Thank you, folkloric; I am glad you're finding refreshment here. I don't suppose I've ever written quite so much about the meaning that these last verses have for me, but the beginning of noticing them goes back decades. (See an upcoming post!) As for meditating on them, not intentionally; apart from thinking them through for these essays, practicing them musically may be the most I've thought of them meditatively. After all, that's matching the tune to words that aren't there. (No, I don't play cello and sing at the same time!)

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