Joy (with Harry Plantinga)

Harry Plantinga, the guru behind Hymnary.org, is fluent in computer code. But lately, all his work with Hymnary.org is rubbing off on him and he has also started writing hymn texts. “Joy” is a short, meditative lyric based on the writings of St. John of the Cross.

He asked if I “had an old hymn tune hanging around that would be good for this text,” preferably in a TaizĂ© style. I’m sure he knew full well that it was unlikely I had a 9.9.9.9 meter tune just hanging around–and also knew that I am incapable of saying no to challenges like this.

Desire enjoyment in nothing,
Nor knowing nor having nor being,
To come to enjoyment in all things,
To living and loving and seeing.

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