EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).
1. ME HEAR JESUS SAY, (role play) COME-ON ME OFFER REST.
YOU-ctr WEARY, LIE-DOWN, YOUR-ctr HEAD REST-HEAD-ON-CHEST.
ME GO-TO-lf JESUS, ACCEPT ME WORN-OUT, SAD.
ME FIND WITH HIM-lf PLACE REST. LIFE WITH HIM-lf HAPPY.
2. ME HEAR JESUS SAY, (role play) KNOW-THAT ME GIFT
WATER OFFER LIFE. YOU THIRSTY, #DO-DO? WATER SCOOP-UP AND LIVE. (end role)
ME GO-TO-lf JESUS, DRINK FROM RIVER GIFT-TO-me LIFE.
THIRST GONE, MY SOUL REFRESHED, AND NOW ME LIVE INSIDE-SELF HIM-lf.
3. ME HEAR JESUS SAY, (role play) ME LIGHT FOR HERE WORLD DARK.
IF DEPEND ME, SUN NEW sun-RISE, AND ALL YOUR DAY BRIGHT WILL.
NOW DEPEND JESUS, HE-lf MY NEW STAR, MY SUN.
NOW ME FOLLOW HIM-lf UNTIL MY EARTH JOURNEY END.
Notes: ME - Underlined words are honorific indices ("indexes"), using the FT of the upturned palm to indicate who is being honored.
COME-ON - (2h)[B^] move in circles pivoting at the wrists to beckon someone to do something.
WEARY - TIRED + [V], PO up, FO > NDS, is drawn with effort across the palm of [B], PO up, FO away.
LIE-DOWN - DH [V], PO down, FO away, is laid in the palm of NDH [B], PO up, FO away.
REST-HEAD-ON-CHEST - HEAD + NDH pulls DH [S] to chest.
WORN-OUT - (2h)[A], FOs away, are held together, then separate while supinating and opening to (2h)[5:]. For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - decay.
KNOW-THAT - Starts like KNOW but twists and descends, looking almost like DON'T-KNOW except the hand twists down at the end.
GIFT - (2h)[X], POs ><, FOs up, nod downwards at wrist to show that something is given as a gift.
SCOOP-UP - Mime scooping up water from below.
REFRESHED - (2h)[S], elbows are pointed out somewhat and then pivot upwards twice, almost like "CHICKEN" (cowardly) but fists do not touch the body.
INSIDE-SELF - The FT of [C] are held against the chest and stuff the FT of [O^] into the [C] twice.
LIGHT/BRIGHT - (2h)[O^], POs away, FOs up, open to (2h), while separating. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Light - 1.
JOURNEY - (2h)[V:], PO down, FO away, travels away in a spiral path.
1. I heard the voice of Jesus say, "Come unto me and rest;
Lay down, thou weary one, lay down Thy head upon my breast.
I came to Jesus, as I was, so weary, worn and sad;
I found in him a resting place, and he has made me glad.
2. I heard the voice of Jesus say, "Behold, I freely give
The living water; thirsty one, stoop down and drink and live."
I came to Jesus, and I drank of that life-giving stream;
My thirst was quenched, my soul revived, and now I live in him.
3. I heard the voice of Jesus say, "I am this dark world's light;
Look unto me, thy morn shall rise, and all thy day be bright."
I looked to Jesus, and I found in him my star, my sun;
And in that light of life I'll walk till trav'ling days are done.
To hear a musical setting of these lyrics (without words), go to I heard the voice of Jesus and click on "Available in Midi at The Online Lutheran Hymnal" at the bottom of the page.