Dance and sing

Dance and sing. John Lamberton Bell* (1949- ) and Graham Maule* (1958- ). This text was first published in Heaven Shall Not Wait (Wild Goose Songs 1) (1987), paired with the Scottish traditional melody PULLING BRACKEN. The authors’ advice is that it should be sung (and danced?) unaccompanied, but a recorder or violin might provide extra confidence. The theme is God’s creation; the verses follow the pattern of the first chapter of Genesis while the refrain urges the whole earth to ‘dance and sing’. Care for creation is a strong Iona Community theme, and the song is included in The Iona Abbey Music Book (2003). A number of books in Kevin Mayhew*’s ‘Hymns Old and New’ series include this...

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