EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).
Refrain: BEYOND OUR MOON AND STARS, DEEP LIKE NIGHT,
LORD, WE REALLY-WANT SEE YOUR-ctr LIGHT.
YOU-ctr PROVIDE BIRD HAVE NEST, YOUR WINGS-FOLD.
PARALLEL WE NEED FIND REST WITH ANGEL SING.
1. OUR EYES THIRST SEE YOUR-ctr LOVING FACE.
NEED LIVE IN YOUR-ctr TEMPLE EVERY-DAY CONNECT-TO-God.
2. YOUR-ctr ROAD LEAD US, LORD, ACROSS DESERT WIDE.
WE LOOK-FORWARD, ENVISION TOGETHER YOU-ctr FOREVER.
3. LORD YOU-ctr SHINE-DOWN OUR DARK PLACE.
YOU-ctr COME LIVE WITH US WITH FLESH AND BONE.
4. EVERY-NIGHT YOUR-ctr STAR LEAD US. EVERY-DAY YOUR CLOUD
BRING US HERE SEE YOUR-ctr LOVE SHOW"all".
5. HAPPEN LIFE GREAT JOURNEY END. OUR LIFE HERE FINISH.
PRAY WE SEE YOUR-ctr HOLY FACE.
Notes: BEYOND - (2h)[B^], touch FTs, then DH moves up in an arc towards the signer and away. For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - more than.
STARS - STAR + (2h)[5:], POs away, FOs up, move slightly forwards multiple times while descending to show how the stars "dot the heavens".
REALLY-WANT - WANT but shaken back and forth to show intensity.
LIGHT - (2h)[O^], POs away, FOs up, open to (2h), while separating. For a QuickTime video of this sign, see ASL Pro: Light - 1.
YOU - Underlined words are honorific indices ("indexes"), using the FT of the upturned palm to indicate who is being honored.
NEST - [bO^] represents beak and is stuck into side opening of [C], PO away. For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - nest.
WINGS-FOLD - Second half of ANGEL: arms extend, bend, and move slightly as if flying gently + arms cross in front of signer.
PARALLEL - (2h), POs down, FOs away, move forward. For a QuickTime video of this sign, see ASL Pro: Parallel.
LOVING - LOVE+.
TEMPLE - T-CHURCH.
DESERT - DRY THEREABOUTS. For a QuickTime video of this sign, see ASL Pro: Desert.
ENVISION - (2h)[S] are held at forehead with DH closer to head, and hands open to (2h) while separating while FT wg. For a QuickTime video of this sign, see ASL Pro: Vision - 1.
FLESH - Pinch cheek and pull it slightly side to side.
BONE - [V:], PO > NDS, FO away, strikes dorsal side (back hand) of [S], PO down, FO > DS.
HOLY - H-CLEAN. For a QuickTime video of this sign, see ASL Pro: Holy - 1.
Refrain: Beyond the moon and stars, as deep as night,
So great our hunger, Lord, to see your light.
The sparrow finds her home beneath your wing,
So may we come to rest where angels sing.
1. Our eyes have longed to see your loving face,
To live within your courts for all our days.
2. Your roads have led us, Lord, 'cross desert sand.
We place our hopes and dreams within your hand.
3. Upon our darkness, Lord, a light has shone.
You came to dwell with us in flesh and bone.
4. With shining stars at night, and cloud by day,
you brought us here to see your love's display.
5. When life’s great journey ends, and day is done,
Then may our eyes behold your Holy One.
To hear a partial performance of this song, go to Beyond the Moon and Stars | OCP.org.