323. Nature inanimate employs sweet sounds, but animated nature sweeter still, to soothe and satisfy the human ear. ~William Cowper

There’s music in the sighing of a reed;
There’s music in the gushing of a rill;
There’s music in all things, if men had ears;
Their earth is but an echo of the spheres.
~Lord Byron


The wings of spring have taken flight in the feisty winds of March. In so doing they have lifted Columbine’s curving, knob-tipped spurs on fanciful flights. Spilling down from deep in the throats of the yellow, flowering “bells” are stunning filaments and anthers which are like tiny, musical tongues issuing forth sweet, golden proclamations. Winter, as inanimate as it seems, has a lyrical sound, but the sounds of spring as the earth reanimates itself are far richer and more honeyed. They along with the other silvery sounds of spring are soft-hearted and serene in the beginning; however, as spring grows long in the tooth and summer approaches, the arias reach almost deafening crescendos. Then after the solstice passes, summer moves along to a steady, hot latino beat until autumn comes again and tones down earth’s rhythms with ripe, mellower tones. We, mortals, may never understand the what and where of earth’s magic and music, but that certainly can’t stop us from enjoying it nor from adoring the mysteries of the music’s Maker.  Lest one believe that it is only poets, writers, and musicians who hear the music of the natural world, let me say that it was Giuseppe Mazzini, an influential Italian political thinker, who said, “Music is the harmonious voice of Creation, and echo of the invisible world.”  I believe the love of music comes from the Lord because He gave birds their songs, and also those who love and compose music are created in God’s image.


Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent. ~Victor Hugo

Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to Him on the ten-stringed lyre. Psalm 33:2 ✝

Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you save, you heal, you restore, and you reveal Your Father’s heart to us!

13 thoughts on “323. Nature inanimate employs sweet sounds, but animated nature sweeter still, to soothe and satisfy the human ear. ~William Cowper

  1. Pingback: 323. Nature inanimate employs sweet sounds, but animated nature sweeter still, to soothe and satisfy the human ear. ~William Cowper | Sacred Touches

    • Thanks, missy Hope! I can’t tell you how thankful I am for your help with the spacing issue. It may not seem like a big deal to some, but since I’m still a recovering perfectionist, it makes a lot of difference to me. I spend a lot of time trying to make my blog a place of beauty and peace because I want to give glory to God. So I prayed for the Lord to bestow some special blessings on your today for your kindness in helping me solve the problem. Hugs, hugs, hugs, N


  2. I love columbines…I planted some along the front walk last year and now I await–almost impatiently, for their return!!
    And to sit outside listening to the birth of this Spring, is indeed magical!!
    Enjoy–as I hope the warm is aiding that knee of yours!


    • I planted some of these Texas Gold Columbines years and years ago, and now I have them in places all over the yard. They reseed themselves so easily! I hope yours come back or that they have reseeded themselves. They injected some cortisone in my knee last week and it’s a little better but I’m still having to walk with a cane most of the time. Of the 7 millimeters of space one should have between the two bones, I only have 2 remaining in my left knee. It’s not bone on bone yet so there’s some things they can try yet before thinking about a knee replacement. My left foot was really hurting today though. The barometer has been going up and down like a yo-yo for months and that does NOT help the arthritis there or in my knee. Oh well, God is good and I’m still ambulatory and my blog is working. What more can a girl ask?! Hugs, N 🙂


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