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Lead On, O King Eternal

 

Every time I see this "Parable of the Blind" statue in Brussels, BE, by Jos de Decker,

I start singing that song:  Lead On, O King Eternal.

(I showed this statue before in 2009.)

 

I especially like the second verse of this hymn:

 

Lead on, O King eternal, 
till sin's fierce war shall cease, 
and holiness shall whisper 
the sweet amen of peace. 
For not with swords loud clashing, 
nor roll of stirring drums; 
with deeds of love and mercy 
the heavenly kingdom comes. 

 

May you be safely led throughout your weekend.

 

 

Lead On, O King Eternal

 

Every time I see this "Parable of the Blind" statue in Brussels, BE, by Jos de Decker,

I start singing that song:  Lead On, O King Eternal.

(I showed this statue before in 2009.)

 

I especially like the second verse of this hymn:

 

Lead on, O King eternal, 
till sin's fierce war shall cease, 
and holiness shall whisper 
the sweet amen of peace. 
For not with swords loud clashing, 
nor roll of stirring drums; 
with deeds of love and mercy 
the heavenly kingdom comes. 

 

May you be safely led throughout your weekend.

 

 

comments (24)

i like the way that you framed the sculpture and the treatment...

i really like the second verse of that hymn... "deeds of love and mercy" says it all....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Peter. Sometimes the old words come back to calm the soul.
  • Ray
  • Thailanddy plu
  • 28 Aug 2015, 02:20
I am not much into being led, Ginnie, unless by a gal with bedroom eyes...


smile
Ginnie Hart: I'd expect nothing else from you, Ray, but for the rest of us who have no problem believing in a Higher Power/Great Spirit, there is calm midst the storm.
Beautiful photo, Ginnie. And the song is wonderful as well!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you and thank you, Elizabeth.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 28 Aug 2015, 04:26
This is beautiful, what a great POV and presentation.
'sigh'...until idiots stop swinging their swords onto innocent people there might come a better place. If we just start listening and respect other people.....
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, MLMA. The thing is, coming from my preacher's-home background, some of these old hymns of the church come to the surface when I least expect them...and give me pause. "The sweet amen of peace" has seemed as illusive as ever, I'm afraid....
  • Lisl
  • Batheaston
  • 28 Aug 2015, 06:22
Very effective outlined like this and with you looking up at it, Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Lisl. And of course, I thought of YOU humming the hymn the entire time. smile
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 28 Aug 2015, 06:23
aaaaah haha, good picture, i should use it for the cover of my book.... i changed the title by the way, it's funny
Ginnie Hart: The blind leading the blind??? smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 28 Aug 2015, 06:37
It's a strong image isn't it Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: It's actually a very small statue on a pedestal, Chris, but always seems very strong to me, yes!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 28 Aug 2015, 07:08
nd I remember the wonderful painting by Pieter Brueghel - maybe, to be seen in the Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Brussels (or in Vienna) - a fascinating statue I never saw - where in Brussels?
http://www.braeuningcontemporary.com/blog/?p=4651
Ginnie Hart: Thank you for this wonderful link, Philine. The statue is very near the Grand Place...in fact, I think it's considered to be at the Grand Place. I can't remember exactly where but I always manage to happen upon it whenever we're there.
I think this is a monument to governments around the world Ginnie....the blind leading the blind grin
Ginnie Hart: Absolutely, Bill. It's there for a reason...at the seat of the European Parliament!
What a powerful image Ginnie! I love the song.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Richard. I love it, too.
Shame you didn't video it for us.
Love to hear you sing it. wink
Ginnie Hart: In my day, LC, I did a lot of singing but now, I'm afraid, those muscles are sadly inactive. But my heart still sings! smile
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Aug 2015, 16:28
I really like the way you have isolated the statue Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Anne. This time it seemed "right." smile
This statue has a lot of meaning to it if taken seriously, as indeed do the words of the hymn on your link, not one I've heard before, but easy to pick up after a couple of verses.
Ginnie Hart: It's an old Methodist hymn, I believe, Brian, and is one of the great hymns of the church, imho. Thank you.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 28 Aug 2015, 17:00
This is an excellent posting overall. I also have some songs that I associate in this way. Including hymns.
Ginnie Hart: I'm so glad I'm not the only one, Louis!!! smile
I fine sculpture!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Tom.
  • Jany
  • France
  • 28 Aug 2015, 21:07
Jolie sculpture sur fond blanc..
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Jany!
Really love how you isolated the statue! Have a wonderful weekend!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you and thank you, dear Robin.
I've never seen this statue before and I don't know that particular hymn either. I learned something new with your post Ginnie. Thanks.
Ginnie Hart: I guess we're never too old, Jacquelyn, always learning from each other...almost every day! smile
That is very cool. I love those great tones.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Michael.
a fine view and very nicely presented, Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
Nice image against the white background Ginnie. Nothing like a good hymn to lift the spirits and they do go well together
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Janet. It's quite comforting to know that those great hymns are still there in the brain cells! smile
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Aug 2015, 02:56
Lovely presentation smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Cherry.
those old hymns say a lot
Ginnie Hart: Yes, they do, Larry!
  • Emily
  • Canada
  • 31 Aug 2015, 01:00
this is cool Ginnie! I hope you had a nice weekend smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Emily, and yes, we did! smile

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