The Salami Treatment

The Salami Treatment

Bruce Dawe

on hearing "How Great Thou Art" cut in half at Mass, in the increasingly common dismissal of hymns as a central act of worship

O Lord my God we find ourselves now under
-whelmed to learn how low down on the chart
We now place hymns that tore our souls asunder
-How long O Lord before they all depart?

When such great songs of praise to Your creation
Can only win a verse or two from us,
We've clearly lost respect for all narration,
Perhaps from fear we'll miss some mortal bus.

And yet with this unthought piecemeal rejection
We've lost the plot, God's story lacks an end;
We've cancelled death and Heaven and resurrection
-They're all back there, abandoned round the bend.

And when Christ comes, how are we then to meet Him
Without Hosannas shaped to hymn His Name
-How shall we then, stricken hymnless, happily greet Him,
How shall we then conceal from Him our shame?

Bruce Dawe

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