A Variation on Psalm 24

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This is a poem adapted to the Gosa form which was used in the Spanish court in the 14th and 15th centuries. I have found it especially useful for reflecting on the Psalms.

Introduction to the Glosa Form

The Glosa was used by poets of the Spanish court and dates back to the late 14th and early 15th century. From the limited information available it is learned that the traditional structure has two parts. The first part consists of the first few lines or the first stanza from a well-known poem or poet. It has become permissible to use lines from a less well-known poet, or even from one's own verse.

The second part is an expansion on, interpretation or explanation of the text. The formal rule describes the Glosa as consisting of four ten-line stanzas, with the consecutive lines of the text being used as the tenth line Furthermore, lines six and nine must rhyme with the borrowed tenth. Internal features such as length of lines, meter and rhyme are at the discretion of the poet.

As with most poetic forms, poets have taken the liberty to vary the format. In addition to the Glosa’s traditional ten-line stanzas, one will find 4-, 5- and 8-liners. They will be found written in free verse, with meter, and with rhyme. You will find variations in which the first line of each stanza (taken from the original text) repeated again as the last line – added as a refrain.

For my purposes I have adapted the form to my variations on the Psalms by taking each of two or three verses of a Biblical Psalm in turn and elaborating on the meaning each has for me and then ending with the biblical verse. The only rhyme comes in toward the end where the last word in my Psalm rhymes with the last word in the Biblical Psalm.

Psalm 24

1. The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it
the world and those who live in it;

2. for he has founded it on the seas,
and established it in the rivers.

3. Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
And who shall stand in his holy place?

Verse 1

The spirit of God pervades all creation.
The holy essence is the ground of all being.
His light shines in the heart of the atom.
His energy is distributed throughout the earth.
There is nowhere his presence is not.
His word is infused into every leaf and blade of grass.
Even the stones know the name of the holy one.
He unifies all creation in his presence.
His eternal flame burns throughout the universe
which is ruled by his laws.
All life follows his script.
1.The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it;
the world and those who live in it.

Verse 2

The seas and oceans proclaim his Divinity.
All created things are like waves
arising from and disappearing into the oneness.
His law is inscribed in each molecule of water.
Each drop remembers its sanctity
All rivers end in oceans.
and the oceans proclaim his unity.
When we connect with the holy essence of things,
we establish in them his alters.
2.for he has founded it on the seas,
and established it on the rivers.

verse 3

Who will experience his holy presence?
Those who have emptied themselves of themselves;
Those who have made room for him in their hearts;
Those who have abandoned the teachings of the world;
Those who are willing to know the truth that cannot be taught;
And who shall be made whole in spirit?
Those who have travelled through the valley of death;
Those who have released their fears;
Those who have given everything away and so lack nothing;
Those who are empty and thus fulfilled;
They are the ones who will see the Divine in every face.
3.Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
And who shall stand in his holy place?



Credits:
All images are from Wikimedia commons.
The Angel painting is by Melozzo do Forli ...1492

Another variation on a Psalm:
Variation on Psalm 16



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author avatar Michelle Stanley
6th May 2014 (#)

I have never heard of this type of poem, and found its historical background as well as the poem interesting. I also like the artwork. Michelle

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author avatar C.D. Moore
7th May 2014 (#)

Thank you Michelle. I hadn't heard of it either till a few years ago when I ran across a book by well known Canadian poet, P.K. Page written in this style. I don't believe it's very common.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
7th May 2014 (#)

this is absolutely wonderful C.D. the psalm, the pictures all..many thanks...

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author avatar C.D. Moore
8th May 2014 (#)

You are very kind Carolina.Thank you!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th May 2014 (#)

Quite uplifting and creative C D Moore - enjoyed this unique post - siva

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author avatar C.D. Moore
8th May 2014 (#)

I'm happy you enjoyed it Siva

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author avatar Delicia Powers
8th May 2014 (#)

inspiration most lovely C.D....

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author avatar C.D. Moore
8th May 2014 (#)

Glad you found it inspiring, dear Delicia.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
9th May 2014 (#)

Thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful poem ~ C.D.

I love the Psalms. Thanks for sharing this unique style.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
12th May 2014 (#)

I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading and sharing Helen.

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author avatar Kingwell
17th May 2014 (#)

I thought that I had commented here before but in any case it is a very interesting read. This type of poetry is something new for me.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
19th May 2014 (#)

And me. Thanks Kingwell!

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author avatar Inkedvocabulary
19th Jun 2014 (#)

A very nicely done expositional... as well as inspirational piece. Keep up the great work.

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