Monday, April 22, 2013

"One Little Hour With Thee" by "Rose" Rosilla Margaret Tolles Harris


Nana's 75th Surprise Birthday Celebration 

Arranged by the Self-Realization Fellowship
Lake Shrine Devotees
Tribute to Grandmother 
"Nana"
WWI Army Nurse Corp Veteran
SRF Devotee

With Deep Love, Unending Devotion, and Eternal Gratitude

"I don't know if she has any desire to come back, but I don't think she will have to come back."  ~ Brother Turiyananda




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Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine
Pacific Palisades, California

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"Long, Long Ago"
Amelia Galli-Curci - Soprano


"Long, Long Ago"

Thomas Haynes Baley

Tell me the tales that to me were so dear,
Long, long ago, long, long ago,
Sing me the songs I delighted to hear,
Long, long ago, long ago,
Now you are come all my grief is removed,
Let me forget that so long you have roved.
Let me believe that you love as you loved,
Long, long ago, long ago.

Do you remember the paths where we met?
Long, long ago, long, long ago.
Ah, yes, you told me you'd never forget,
Long, long ago, long ago.
Then to all others, my smile you preferred,
Love, when you spoke, gave a charm to each word.
Still my heart treasures the phrases I heard,
Long, long ago, long ago.

Tho' by your kindness my fond hopes were raised,
Long, long ago, long, long ago.
You by more eloquent lips have been praised,
Long, long ago, long, long ago,
But, by long absence your truth has been tried,
Still to your accents I listen with pride,
Blessed as I was when I sat by your side.
Long, long ago, long ago.


"Whispering Hope"
Scripture: Hebrews 6:19 

1. Soft as the voice of an angel,
Breathing a lesson unheard,
Hope with a gentle persuasion
Whispers her comforting word:
Wait till the darkness is over,
Wait till the tempest is done,
Hope for the sunshine tomorrow,
After the shower is gone.
* Refrain: Whispering hope,
Oh, how welcome thy voice,
Making my heart in its sorrow rejoice.

2. If, in the dusk of the twilight,
Dim be the region afar,
Will not the deepening darkness
Brighten the glimmering star?
Then when the night is upon us,
Why should the heart sink away?
When the dark midnight is over,
Watch for the breaking of day.

3. Hope, as an anchor so steadfast,
Rends the dark veil for the soul,
Whither the Master has entered,
Robbing the grave of its goal;
Come then, oh, come, glad fruition,
Come to my sad weary heart;
Come, O Thou blest hope of glory,
Never, oh, never depart.


"The Blue Danube"


"Lo! Here the Gentle Lark"
(Remastered )
Text by William Shakespeare
Amelita Galli-Curci - Soprano
Lo, Here the Gentle Lark
Lo, here the gentle lark, weary of rest,
From his moist cabinet mounts up on high,
And wakes the morning, from whose silver breast
The sun ariseth in his majesty;
Who doth the world so gloriously behold
That cedar-tops and hills seem seem burnish'd gold.

Venus salutes him with this fair good-morrow:
'O thou clear god, and patron of all light,
From whom each lamp and shining star doth borrow
The beauteous influence that makes him bright,
There lives a son that suck'd an earthly mother,
May lend thee light, as thou dost lend to other.'

Lord Jesus Christ Statue and Waterfall
Self-Realization Fellowship - Lake Shrine
Pacific Palisades, California
Link to Lake Shrine Pilgrimage 

"What a Friend We Have in Jesus"
Odetta
Tennessee Ernie Ford



The Great American Songbook
Aaron Copeland
"Simple Gifts"
"Long, Long Ago"
"Shall We Gather at the River?"
James Levine - Conductor
Marilyn Horne - Mezzo Soprano



"Long, Long Ago"

George Pope Morris

Near the lake where drooped the willow,
Long time ago!
Where the rock threw back the billow,
Brighter than snow;
Dwelt a maid, beloved and cherished
By high and low;
But with autumn's leaf she perished
Long time ago!

2. Rock, and tree, and flowing water,
Long time ago!
Bee, and bird, and blossom taught her
Love's spell to know!
While to my fond words she listened,
Murmuring low!
Tenderly her dove-eyes glistened,
Long time ago!

3. Mingled were our hearts for ever,
Long time ago!
Can I now forget her? Never!
No, lost one, no!
To her grave these tears are given,
Ever to flow;
She's the star I missed from heaven,
Long time ago!

"Lord Krishna"
Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine
Pacific Palisades, California
Photo by Ted Marcus

"Krshna, Ram"
Invocating the Lord's Presence
Sri Anandamoyi Ma
(Blissful Mother Saint of Calcutta)
81st Birthday
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"Om Jai Jagdish Hare"
"Lord of the whole universe"
Sung by Lata Mangeshkar 
Oh Lord of the whole Universe
Mighty Lord of the whole Universe
All Thy devotees' agonies
All Thy devotees' sorrows
Instantly Thou banisheth
Oh Lord of the whole Universe

He who's immersed in devotion
He reaps the fruits of Thy love
Lord, he reaps the fruits of Thy love
Floating in a cloud of comforts
Floating in a cloud of comforts
Free from all the worldly problems
Oh Lord of the whole Universe

Thou art Mother and Father
At Thy feet I seek eternal truth
Lord, at Thy feet I seek eternal truth
There's none other than Thee, Lord
There's none other than Thee, Lord
Guardian of all our hopes
Oh Lord of the whole Universe

Thou art Godly perfection
Omnipotent Master of all
Lord, omnipotent Master of all
My destiny's in Thy Hand
My destiny's in Thy Hand
Supreme Soul of all Creation
Oh Lord of the whole Universe

Thou art an ocean of mercy
Gracious protector of all
Lord, gracious protector of all
I'm Thy humble devotee
I'm Thy humble devotee
Grant me Thy divine grace
Oh Lord of the whole Universe

Thou art beyond all perception
Formless and yet multiform
Lord, formless and yet multiform
Grant me a glimpse of Thyself
Grant me a glimpse of Thyself
Guide me along the path to Thee
Oh Lord of the whole Universe

Friend of the helpless and feeble
Benevolent saviour of all
Lord, benevolent saviour of all
Offer me Thy hand of compassion
Offer me Thy hand of compassion
I seek refuge at Thy feet
Oh Lord of the whole Universe

Surmounting the earthly desires
Free from the sins of this life
Lord, free from the sins of this life
Undivided faith and devotion
Undivided faith and devotion
In eternal service unto Thee
Oh Lord of the whole Universe

Oh Lord of the whole Universe
Mighty Lord of the whole Universe
All Thy devotees' agonies
All Thy devotees' sorrows
Instantly Thou banisheth
Oh Lord of the whole Universe

Saint Mirabai
A commissioned reproduction of this painting
 hung over Nana's bed for many, many years.


Meera Bhajan
"Ghunghat Ka Pat Khol"
Juthika Roy 
"If you remove the curtain from your mind,
you'll be able to find God. "
In the last verse Saint Meera has quoted Kabir.


"Man Tarpat Hari Darshan Ko Aaj"
Raag Malkauns, Madhaya Teental
from film, "Baiju Bawra"
Naushad Ali - Music Director, Composer, Producer
Sung by Mohammed Rafi



Kabir Bhajan
"Mat kar Moh tu"
"....Keep Your Trust in God"
Sung by Pandit Paluskar 

"One Little Hour With Thee"
Rosilla Margaret Tolles Harris

"Rose"

Duchess Peach Rose


"One Little Hour With Thee"

Rosilla Margaret Tolles Harris

"Rose"

It started out with Thee Lord,

One little hour with Thee.

I closed my ears and listened to the Holy symphony.

The astral bells were ringing,

Voices raised in joyful singing,

An orchestration in full harmony.

I was deep in meditation,

Tuned in full with Aum vibration,

It all began with just one hour with Thee -

Love flowed in great profusion,

Dropped away was all delusion,

I am so blest with just one little hour with Thee.



~ Rose Harris




"The Last Rose of Summer"
Sir John Stevenson - Composer
Poem by Thomas Moore
Amelita Galli-Curci - Soprano
Homer Samuels - Piano
1927

"Tis the Last Rose of Summer"
Thomas Moore

Tis the last rose of summer,
Left blooming alone,
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone.
No flow'r of her kindred
No rosebud is nigh
To reflect back her blushes,
Or give sigh for sigh.

I'll not leave thee, thou lone one,
To pine on the stem,
Since the lovely are sleeping,
Go, sleep thou with them

Thus kindly I'll scatter
Thy leaves o'er the bed,
Where thy mates of the garden
Lie scentless and dead.

So soon may I follow
When friendships decay;
And from love's shining circle
The gems drop away
When true hearts lie wither'd
And fond ones are flow'n
Oh! Who would inhabit
This bleak world alone?


Tales of Hoffman
"Barcarolle"
Jacques Offenbach
Monseserrat Caballe - Soprano
Marilyn Horne - Mezzo-Soprano

"Bel Nuit"

Oh soft night, oh night of love,
Smile on our bliss serene,
All the stars that shine above
Surround the heaven's queen!
Time it flies without return,
Forgetting our tenderness!
Far from thee I'll ever burn,
In lonely strait and stress.
Passioned zephyrs
Waft your caresses,
Passioned zephyrs
Soft are your kisses.
O soft night, oh night of love,
Smile on our bliss serene;
All the stars that shine above
Surround the heaven's queen.

Edvard Grieg
"Solvieg's Song"
Peer Gynt
Amelita Galli-Curci - Soprano
Perchance both winter and spring will pass,
and next summer, and the entire year: —
but at last you will come, that I know for sure;
and I'll still be waiting, for I once promised I would.
God give you strength, wherever in the world you go!
God give you joy, when you stand before his judgement seat!
Here I'll wait until you come again;
and if you are waiting up above, there we'll meet, my love!

Franz Schubert - "Ave Maria"
Leopold Stokowski - Conductor
Marian Anderson - Soparano
"Pater Noster"
Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky
Leopold Stokowski - Conductor
Norman Luboff Choir

"Evening Prayer"
Englebert Humperdink
Norman Luboff Choir
Leopold Stokowski - Conductor

"Evening Prayer"

When at night I go to sleep
Fourteen angels watch do keep Two my head are guarding Two my feet are guiding Two are on my right hand Two are on my left hand Two who warmly cover Two who o’er me hover Two to whom ’tis given To guide me to heaven
Sleeping softly, then it seems
Heaven enters in my dreams
Angels hover round me
Whisp'ring they have found me
Two garlands bringing,
As my soul reposes.
When dawn at last will wake me.


Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine
Pacific Palisades, California


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1 comment:

Susie Rosso Wolf said...

Oh Sister!

This is such a lovely tribute to our dear Nana. It does my heart good to read her blessed poem and to be reminded of her beauty and devotion to God. Thank you for posting the poem and the lovely pictures of her special 75th birthday celebration. She was so happy when she returned home, I remember her smiling and singing for many days after that party for her. You have done a good thing here, I'm sure Nana is very pleased, as am I.

With love,
Susie