Lyrics in search of music

May 10, 2016

Well, why not? We had music in search of lyrics. Now we have lyrics in search of music. Below is a ballad I wrote a few years ago. Anyone want to have a go at composing some music for it? My problem is I write lyrics faster than I write music.
To view a PDF file of the anthology it came from and to see the accented syllables of the lyrics (Musescore discussion board doesn't support, bold characters), go to:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/xx72bsnxnyg8bz0/AADfQku1EHI7AKpdOUY1lLcka?dl=0
and open CaptiveThoughtsAnthology.pdf. Song is meditation No. 220 (Page 468)

The words are as follows:

220. CANDLELIGHT CONVERSION

In a cavern, dark and deep,
'Neath the earth, within a lair,
Burned a Candle soft and bright,
‘Midst the night that tarried there.

All about it, darkness crept,
Pressing in from all around.
Still this flame did carry on,
Beating back night’s ruthless hound.

Burning bright and shining true,
It gave light there to a waif,
Who sat near it crouched and cold.
From the darkness, kept him safe.

The Candle's flame did bob and weave,
Dipped and swayed and struggled on,
Ever faithful to the boy,
Whose light he did depend upon.

Gratitude and gratefulness,
From the lad for the light's aid,
Would be deemed appropriate,
But this thanks it wasn't paid.

But still the Candle shined its light,
Staying darkness close at hand,
For the Candle loved the boy.
Defending him in a brave stand.

Never did its faithfulness,
Waiver, wane in vigils long,
As its flame stabbed at the night,
In battles pitched, it remained strong.

For without its loyal light,
In this cold oppressive cave,
Dark would swallow up the boy,
Sweeping o'er him like a wave.

Then by fate, within the heart,
Of the youth who huddled there,
Came a spark of gracious light,
Lifting him up from despair.

By some force beyond himself,
The boy there sensed the Candle's love,
And saw its selfless sacrifice,
Dripping wax and spilling blood.

Through this bles-sed martyrdom,
To the boy there came a hope,
For he came to realize,
The Light's true redeeming scope.

Bowing down before the Flame
That shown forth its saving light,
The boy wept and worshiped there,
Before his Savior, with delight.

As he knelt on bended knees,
The Candle spoke with gentle voice,
“In you now I've placed My Light
So that in Me you can rejoice.

Go now, Child, throughout the world,
To caverns steeped in dark despair,
Shine My Light for all to see,
To those who now are huddled there

Full of joy and peace and love,
He traveled far to caverns deep.
Shining the Light placed in him.
There darkness from the boy did creep.
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As it was with this here child,
So it is with ev’ryone,
For Adam's Fall did plunge us all,
Into a pit that has no sun.

No gentle rays of warming light,
To give us life and calm our fears,
The devil’s darkness in this place,
Has robbed men's souls and caused them tears.

But the Light of God's pure love,
Did pity men in earth's abyss,
Lost in deep, dark despondency,
Bound, tightly sealed with Satan's kiss.

To this darkened, fallen world,
Came of Candle of God's love.
Jesus Christ revealed the plan,
Of the Father up above.

Giving life and shedding blood,
God's Candle's wick and wax were spent.
Dripping down from Calv'ry's Cross,
As Christ melted, His flesh rent.

To those who hunger for the Light,
And see the error of their ways,
God shows them His great Truth and Light,
That burns by night and shines by day.

Come now you who live in fear,
And ignorance far from the Light.
Bow down before God's Candle now.
Proclaim Him Lord, receive your sight.


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