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Peace and Poetry in Hymnody for the Special-Needs Child (and for all of us)

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    Peace and Poetry in Hymnody for the Special-Needs Child (and for all of us)

    Our "New Curriculum Package" thread is by far our most popular. Your input has been invaluable. Thank you. We welcome more requests and will try to incorporate as many suggestions as possible.

    As we all wait for the completion of these packages, consider lines of poetry from the hymnody of your own tradition for beautiful recitations, copywork, or morning songs for your special-needs child.

    I attribute my own daughter's love of poetry, at least in part, to the richness of the words she has heard and sung in our home many mornings and in church every week.

    This Sunday, in the midst of trials, I especially appreciated these words:

    "In suff'ring be Thy love my peace
    In weakness be Thy love my pow'r."

    The full text:

    Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me
    Paul Gerhardt, 1607-76

    Jesus, Thy boundless love to me
    No thought can reach no tongue declare;
    Unite my thankful heart to Thee,
    And reign without a rival there!
    Thine wholly, Thine alone, I am;
    Be Thou alone my constant flame.

    Oh, grant that nothing in my soul
    May dwell, but Thy pure love alone;
    Oh, may Thy love possess me whole,
    My joy, my treasure, and my crown!
    All coldness from my heart remove;
    My every act, word, thought, be love.

    This love unwearied I pursue
    And dauntlessly to Thee aspire.
    Oh, may Thy love my hope renew,
    Burn in my soul like heavenly fire!
    And day and night, be all my care
    To guard this sacred treasure there.

    In suffering be Thy love my peace,
    In weakness by Thy love my power;
    And when the storms of life shall cease,
    O Jesus, in that final hour,
    Be Thou my rod and staff and guide
    And draw me safely to Thy side!