ON HEARING BEETHOVEN'S NINTH SYMPHONY WITH CHORALE

With intricate balance of thrust and counterthrustThe beams support, uphold the houseWhere the white-robed choir is singing of joy;And listening with joy, I hear again,Not the words of Schiller's odeThat Beethoven loved and celebrated,But "In Thy house securely dwelling,Where Thy children live to bless"Christian Science Hymnal, No. 58. —I feel Thee, Father, supporting meAs the symphony supports the singers,With intricate balance of theme and countertheme,Thy mercy and justice upholding my joy.

Mary Dunham

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