Friday, February 08, 2008
GAYLEN A HATTON
Born October 4, 1928
Red Mountain, California
Died February 8, 2008
South Jordan, Utah
O, Cruel Thorns (an Easter anthum)
--please click on listen sample 1 to hear a short clip of this music.
O, cruel thorns, were thou upon my brow,
Whose awesome twinings on my Lord pressed down;
Might I not wish thee gone, nor hope to know
A sweeter death beneath thy crown.
Thou pierced hands, and body wounded sore;
The heart's blood spilling down as somber rain,--
My heart and hands do reassure
Those scarlet welling drops fall not in vain.
O precious signs, so pure and undefiled,
Of holy flesh and blood in sacrifice;
May I become in faith a little child
Partaking guiltlessly before His eyes.
And weary feet, who paid thy fearful toll
Upon the stony way to Calvary;
Set now thy prints upon my soul
And I will walk in joy to follow Thee!
Words by Onita Davis, Music by Gaylen Hatton
(click on clips from Apotheosis, music also written by Gaylen Hatton--listen to sound clips 8-20, some of the most gorgeous music you'll ever hear!)