Today is the ‘Women’s Day’ in Diosces of Madras. I was a the evening eucharist service at the Cathedral and a special solo was sung after the lessons. It was a beautiful love song and I was initially thinking it was about God as the Groom and we as His bride but somehow that did not fit the context of the song, then I remembered that it was the special song for the ‘Women’s Day’ and I read it over and over again because it was such a captivating love song.
In Native Worth and Honour Clad – Haydn’s “Creation”
In native worth and honour clad,
With beauty, courage, strength, adorn’d
Erect, with front serene, he stands,
A man, the lord and king of nature all.
His large and arched brow sublime
Of wisdom deep declares the seat!
And in his eyes with brightness shines
The soul, the breath and image of God.
With fondness leans upon his breast,
The partner for him form’d,
A woman, fair and graceful spouse
Her softly smiling virgin looks,
Of flow’ry spring the mirror,
Be speak, him love, love and joy and bliss.
It describes Adam and Eve. And may be it is a wee bit partriachal. And the soloist that sang this was male. No matter how manytimes I read this, the words just leap out to touch my heart.