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A Creation Symphony

God is the Composer of creation in this poem by Susanna Southard.



In the beginning, dark silence prevailed

In all but the mind of One,

Where glorious strains of a melody sailed—

A hymn surpassed by none.


In time, the Composer extended Her hand

And spoke but a single word.

Then out of the silence creation began

And wondrous music was heard.


The firmament echoed with sparkling light

That flooded the earth below.

Sunshine by day and starshine by night

Sang praises in fiery glow.


The trees of the land and the waves of the sea

Projected their hymns to the sky.

Mammals and fish joined in close harmony,

And birds, too, in lilting reply


Woman and man were united in voice

The strains of the One to raise.

The mountains and valleys began to rejoice

And lift up their psalms of praise.


Amid the resounding of full harmony,

The One Her creation blessed,

“’Tis good.  For I hear My own sweet melody.”

And sighing, She turned to rest.


PTS Chaplain Susanna Weslie Southard was an MDiv student at Perkins School of Theology, Dallas, TX, when she wrote these words in 1987. 

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