Thursday, November 2, 2006

Inscription of Hope ~ The Year Was 1943

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Now read on about the amazing song, Inscription of Hope, and how it relates to the peace globes.

Quoting from a Russian Folk Tune, composer Z. Randall Stroope arranged a stunning choral and instrumental piece for the Nebraska Choral Arts Society and Children's Chorus called "Inscription of Hope." Based on fragments of Jewish text found on a cellar wall in Cologne, Germany during World War II, it is believed to have been scrawled by a child hiding from the Nazis.

Although the rendition you hear at this link is performed with adult voicing, Inscription of Hope is pure magic when sung by children. I have conducted this piece for children's choir and can testify to its power.

Imagine the circumstances that led to such an epitaph. Here are the lyrics to Stroope's Inscription of Hope.

I believe in the sun
even when it is not shining.
And I believe in love
even when there's no one there.
And I believe in God
even when He is silent
I believe through any trial
there is always a way.

But sometimes in this suffering
and hopeless despair
My heart cries for shelter
to know someone's there
But a voice rises within me saying
'hold on my child'
I'll give you strength, I'll give you hope
Just stay a little while

I believe in the sun
even when it is not shining
And I believe in love
even when there's no one there
And I believe in God
even when He is silent
I believe through any trial
There is always a way

May there someday be sunshine
May there someday be happiness
May there someday be love
May there someday be peace.



There is similar suffering all over the world today in varying forms of atrocity. Perhaps when we no longer need monies to buy bombs and fuel tanks we can feed all the hungry children.

Note: The photo above is one of the most famous Holocaust pictures ever taken. Photographed April-May, 1943 during the Warsaw Ghetto uprising by photographer Jurgen Stroop.
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16 comments:

iamnasra said...

Well my first time here...loved your poem...and I love where it takes me...to see the sunshine ...to hear the voice of God even though there is silence

madd said...

Just a quick HI..count down..Monday I am going to leave a comment on all the sites I vist with a link to the peace globe and remind everyone to get it going..:) see ya..m

Kat said...

The lyrics to that song are so haunting. It happens that I'm currently in a play that includes a children's choir, so the sound of their high clear voices is fresh in my mind. It is impossible not to choke up just reading it, to hear it would be humbling.

Mimi Lenox said...

Iamnasra...Thank you for visiting. There is also the silence of God in those trees you wrote about today in your poem. I will be back to read more of your poetry. Hope to see you again.

Mimi Lenox said...

madd...Thank you. That is a lovely thing to do. I can't wait to read everyone's post on November 7th which is, of course, Dona Nobis Pacem in the Blogosphere....

Anonymous said...

when i first heard this song, i cried and we are singing it in choir..its an amazing song and gives me chills....

keeponsinging said...

7th grade concert choir sang this song this year, i love this.

ilovesushi said...

k, so what happens to ppl w/out blogs? i came acroos this thing by accident and i read the dona nobis pacem thingy and i don't have ablog. what do i do? and is it june 4 or6? because it says both

iloveicecream said...

p.s. i love the song. i heard it from a choir and it's so touching, so i mailed it to all my friends

gabriella said...

this song is so encredibly touching. i just found out today that im singing it in choir, and when i heard it , i was so touched. i feel so sad for the people who went through this. their new generation should be extremely proud of these strong people.

Mimi Lenox said...

KeeponSinging - I tried to contact you on your MySpace page because the link you gave doesn't connect to a blog.
You can post a peace globe on Facebook or Twitter or MySpace if you don't have an active blog.
Email me for details or follow the links on my blog to get one of your own.

Peace!

Mimi Lenox said...

ilovesushi - Post it on November 5, 2009 on your Facebook or Twitter account. There is a BlogBlast For Peace group on FB and a TWIBE on Twitter.

Please join us!

Anonymous said...

I felt both great and weird while singing Inscription of Hope... the other 2 songs my choir sang were more cheery (African Noel and Freedom Train), but when we sang this one it had a very scary-ish and lovely sound.

Anonymous said...

this poem is awsm. im in an all girls choir and we r going to sing this at are nxt recital. it sounds awsm

Anonymous said...

I'm in charelstown choir we are singing this for our spring concert everybody cries when we sing it

Mimi Lenox said...

Thank you, O Singers (!) for visiting my blog and commenting on the song. I'm sure your performances were wonderful. It is a very powerful piece of music.
Sing on,
Mimi

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