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Alisa Williams

Poetry and Music for the New Year

Addressed to the Patrons of the Pennsylvania Freeman:

THE WAVE is breaking on the shore, 
  The echo fading from the chime;            
Again the shadow moveth o’er
  The dial-plate of time!

Poetry and Music for Christmas

Ring out, O bells, in joyful chime!
        Again we hail the Christmas time;
    In melting, mellow atmosphere,
        The crown and glory of the year.

    When bitterness, distrust, and awe
        Dissolve, like ice in winter's thaw,
    Beneath the genial touches of
        Amenity, good will, and love.

Book Review: “All Creation Waits: The Advent Mystery of New Beginnings”

The season of Advent begins tomorrow, November 27, 2016. Amidst the hustle and bustle that accompanies the winter holidays, Advent symbolizes a time of patient anticipation and quiet preparation for the celebration of Jesus’ birth.

Poetry and Music for November

An old man planted and dug and tended,
Toiling in joy from dew to dew;
The sun was kind, and the rain befriended;
Fine grew his orchard and fair to view.
Then he said: "I will quiet my thrifty fears,
For here is fruit for my failing years."

But even then the storm-clouds gathered,
Swallowing up the azure sky;
The sweeping winds into white foam lathered
The placid breast of the bay, hard by;
Then the spirits that raged in the darkened air
Swept o'er his orchard and left it bare.

Andrews University Installs New President Andrea Luxton

The inauguration ceremony of Andrea Luxton, sixth president of Andrews University, occurred on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. Presidents and official delegates from fellow Seventh-day Adventist institutions, as well as neighboring colleges and universities, were in attendance to welcome President Luxton to her new role. 

Poetry and Music for October

The trees are in their autumn beauty,
The woodland paths are dry,
Under the October twilight the water
Mirrors a still sky;
Upon the brimming water among the stones
Are nine-and-fifty swans.

The nineteenth autumn has come upon me
Since I first made my count;
I saw, before I had well finished,
All suddenly mount
And scatter wheeling in great broken rings
Upon their clamorous wings.

A Life Changed by Hymns: Jon Davidson Reflects on His Latest Album

Singer and songwriter Jon Davidson, a graduate of Andrews University, has written and performed music from a variety of genres. He has appeared in Entertainment Weekly and on E! Television. Jon's music has appeared in everything from MTV shows to Fendi and Burgerville compilation albums to several feature films. He’s toured and performed in 45 states, six Canadian provinces, and five countries. On October 8, his latest solo album, HYMN, releases. In this interview, he tells us more about his projects and the impact music has on his life.

Poetry and Music for September

The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Chrysanthemums.
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.

Poetry and Music for August

The bee is not afraid of me,
I know the butterfly;
The pretty people in the woods
Receive me cordially.

The brooks laugh louder when I come,
The breezes madder play.
Wherefore, mine eyes, thy silver mists?
Wherefore, O summer’s day?

“The bee is not afraid of me” by Emily Dickinson

 

“Summer” composed by Joe Hisaishi
 

Poetry and Music for Summer

Oh, summer has clothed the earth
In a cloak from the loom of the sun!
And a mantle, too, of the skies’ soft blue,
And a belt where the rivers run.

And now for the kiss of the wind,
And the touch of the air’s soft hands,
With the rest from strife and the heat of life,
With the freedom of lakes and lands.

I envy the farmer’s boy
Who sings as he follows the plow;
While the shining green of the young blades lean
To the breezes that cool his brow.

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