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Always wondered what that song said in English, so I looked it up:



"None Shall Sleep"


None shall sleep,
None shall sleep!
Even you, oh Princess,
In your cold room,
Watch the stars,
That tremble with love
And with hope.
But my secret is hidden within me,
My name no one shall know,
No... no...
On your mouth, I will tell it,
When the light shines.
And my kiss will dissolve the silence that makes you mine!
(No one will know his name and we must, alas, die.)
Vanish, o night!
Set, stars! Set, stars!
At dawn, I will win!
I will win!
I will win!


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"Va pensiero" (known as the Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves), inspired by Psalm 137 / 3rd act of the opera Nabucco (or Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar) by Verdi.

Nabucco relates Babylonian captivity of the Jewish people.


The finale of this opera has a song with the title Immenso Jehova ; interesting how many people knew and used the divine name at that time, and had a knowledge of the Bible and biblical characters…

This reminds me of a poem by French novelist and poet, Victor Hugo – La Conscience / from the Legend of the Ages, where he mentions Jehovah’s name. Here it is in English; it’s quite long though…


Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

La Légende des siècles (1855-1876)

La Conscience

Then, with his children, clothed in skins of brutes,

Dishevelled, livid, rushing through the storm,

Cain fled before Jehovah. As night fell

The dark man reached a mount in a great plain,

And his tired wife and his sons, out of breath,

Said: "Let us lie down on the earth and sleep."

Cain, sleeping not, dreamed at the mountain foot.

Raising his head, in that funereal heaven

He saw an eye, a great eye, in the night

Open, and staring at him in the gloom.

"I am too near," he said, and tremblingly woke up

His sleeping sons again, and his tired wife,

And fled through space and darkness. Thirty days

He went, and thirty nights, nor looked behind;

Pale, silent, watchful, shaking at each sound;

No rest, no sleep, till he attained the strand

Where the sea washes that which since was Asshur.

"Here pause," he said, "for this place is secure;

Here may we rest, for this is the world's end."

And he sat down; when, lo! in the sad sky,

The selfsame Eye on the horizon's verge,

And the wretch shook as in an ague fit.

"Hide me!" he cried; and all his watchful sons,

Their finger on their lip, stared at their sire.

Cain said to Jabal (father of them that dwell

In tents): "Spread here the curtain of thy tent,"

And they spread wide the floating canvas roof,

And made it fast and fixed it down with lead.

"You see naught now," said Zillah then, fair child

The daughter of his eldest, sweet as day.

But Cain replied, "That Eye--I see it still."

And Jubal cried (the father of all those

That handle harp and organ): "I will build

A sanctuary;" and he made a wall of bronze,

And set his sire behind it. But Cain moaned,

"That Eye is glaring at me ever." Henoch cried:

"Then must we make a circle vast of towers,

So terrible that nothing dare draw near;

Build we a city with a citadel;

Build we a city high and close it fast."

Then Tubal Cain (instructor of all them

That work in brass and iron) built a tower—

Enormous, superhuman. While he wrought,

His fiery brothers from the plain around

Hunted the sons of Enoch and of Seth;

They plucked the eyes out of whoever passed,

And hurled at even arrows to the stars.

They set strong granite for the canvas wall,

And every block was clamped with iron chains.

It seemed a city made for hell. Its towers,

With their huge masses made night in the land.

The walls were thick as mountains. On the door

They graved: "Let not God enter here." This done,

And having finished to cement and build

In a stone tower, they set him in the midst.

To him, still dark and haggard, "Oh, my sire,

Is the Eye gone?" quoth Zillah tremblingly.

But Cain replied: "Nay, it is even there."

Then added: "I will live beneath the earth,

As a lone man within his sepulchre.

I will see nothing; will be seen of none."

They digged a trench, and Cain said: "'Tis enow,"

As he went down alone into the vault;

But when he sat, so ghost-like, in his chair,

And they had closed the dungeon o'er his head,

The Eye was in the tomb and fixed on Cain.


Translated by Dublin University Magazine.


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Perhaps it is, yes. He and his band mates from the group Yellow Magic Orchestra, formed in the late 70’s, were said to pioneer the genres of synth-pop, techno, and house music. He has also scored for many movies, winning Academy Awards, Baftas, and other accolades. The song I posted was from the movie “Merry Xmas Mr Lawrence”, in which he also acted with David Bowie. He is  prodigious musically, producing world, classical and everything up to video game scores. 

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Last evening my wife began a 'violin concerto' evening.

We listened to the concertos by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Glass (1), Beethoven, Dvorak, Korngold, Buene, Glass (2), Knussen, Tchaikovsky, Berg and Gade.

So many great concertos!

Still some more to go, but we ran out of time!

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I finally got round to listening to a recording of Luciano Berio's Sinfonia this evening.  What a wonderful piece it is!  A mix of voices (Swingle Singers) and music, with words hardly heard, but contributing to an overall soundscape.  Truly terrific.


A version is on youtube. Keep going through the first section, that's a bit challenging, but persevere.



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Two Audiomachine songs I listen to when I meditate on spiritual things (after listening to the JW original songs, of course).

These two songs are not inspired by God but somehow they always make me imagine heavenly things ... let alone the eternal flame.



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