Sunday, October 11, 2020

The Hound of Heaven – Music Story

The brilliant poet Francis Thompson was a drug addict.

How wide is the love of Christ!

In ill health and penniless, he lived on the streets of London, sleeping by the River Thames, selling matches to survive.

How deep is the love of Christ!

He sent a poem written on a scrap of paper to a magazine. The editors recognized his genius and took him into their home for a while. 

How high is the love of Christ!

In his most famous poem, The Hound of Heaven, he described God’s relentless pursuing love.

How long is the love of Christ!

I set 39 of the 182 lines of the poem to music. From the album “This and That” this video is scrolling playback of the song.


Click here for a copy of the whole poem.

Print (PDF) and/or digital (MusicXML) sheet music for cello choir is available for The Hound of Heaven.

Click here for PDF.

Click here for MusicXML.
(MusicXML™ is the standard open format for sharing digital sheet music. Check the help files in your music notation app for directions on importing MusicXML files.)

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