ALMOND BLOSSOM — SIGN OF LIFE [Choral Anthem Settings]                     (translation by Fred Kaan)

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Almond trees, renewed in bloom,
do they not proclaim
life returning year by year,
love that will remain?

Almond blossom, sign of life
in the face of pain,
raises hope in people’s hearts:
spring has come again.

War destroys a thousand-fold,
hatred scars the earth,
but the day when almonds bloom
is a time of birth.

Friends, give thanks for almond blooms
swaying in the wind:
token that the gift of life
triumphs in the end.

Author / Composer Comments

• Author Fred Kaan, from his book The Only Earth We Know (Stainer & Bell / Hope Publishing Co., 1999, page 114): “At the 1983 Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Vancouver, I was asked to translate a hymn by the Israeli poet and philosopher Schalom Ben-Chorin. The text is based on Jeremiah 1:11-12, which contains a pun in the original text: almond branch and (God) watching sound very similar in Hebrew.”

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