Our Lives Are Filled with Sorrows

Our lives are filled with sorrows

Author: Calvin Seerveld (1983)
Tune: ES KOMMT EIN SCHIFF GELADEN
Published in 1 hymnal

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Author: Calvin Seerveld

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Text Information

First Line: Our lives are filled with sorrows
Title: Our Lives Are Filled with Sorrows
Author: Calvin Seerveld (1983)
Meter: 7.6.7.6
Language: English
Copyright: © Calvin Seerveld

Notes

Scripture References:
st. 1 = Ps. 90:1
st. 2 = 1 Cor. 15:54
st. 3 = Rev. 7:9-10
st. 4 = Job 19:26

Calvin Seerveld (PHH 22) wrote this text in Toronto, Ontario, in 1983, specifically for use with this tune, which he had found in a German chorale book. In a note on the original manuscript Seerveld indicated that he had written this text "for singing at the funerals of believing people (over fifty years of age)."

There are a number of biblical allusions in the text, the most obvious in the final phrase–a fitting reference to Job 19:25-26. The text clearly recognizes the finality of death (st. 2), the joy of the redeemed in glory (st. 3), and the reality of consolation for the believers who remain on earth (st. 1,4). To personalize the text, stanzas 2 and 3 offer alternative readings, referring to either "brother's" and "brother," or "sister's" and "sister."

Liturgical Use:
Funerals.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune

ES KOMMT EIN SCHIFF GELADEN

The tune ES KOMMT EIN SCHIFF GELADEN was originally part of a German Maria-lied, or love song to Mary. The tune became a carol when it was set to a text attributed to the mystic Johannes Tauler (around 1300-1361). It was published with Tauler's text in the Roman Catholic Andernacher Gesangbuch of 16…

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #491

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