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The Origin of Song

By: Ardis E. Parshall - June 05, 2014

The Origin of Song

By Katherine Fernelius Larsen

Man listened, rapt, when storm winds thundered high
And made the forest one vast symphony;
He caught new cadences, when on his ears
First fell the heavy pulsing of the sea.

All these – and slow years added to his cry
A depth and breadth, of pain and sorrow born;
A resignation to embattled life,
A hope of peace for hearts by anguish torn.

Out of his joy, his toil, his need for God,
His grief and pain, through man’s allotted days,
Music, the comforter of man, was born –
Music, the perfect medium of praise!




  1. I see you’re helping us get ready for Mormon Arts Sunday this week 😉

    Comment by Mattathias — June 5, 2014 @ 10:33 pm

  2. Looking forward to that, Mattathias, although I won’t be able to read much until later in the week.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — June 6, 2014 @ 4:01 am

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