EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).
1. (2h)LONG-AGO BEFORE MOUNTAINS FORM"each",
BEFORE HAVE LAND, SEA, STARS DOT-SKY,
DURING TIME-PERIOD SEEM CONTINUE ETERNAL,
YOU-rt ALWAYS THERE-ctr.
YOURSELF-ctr TRUE-BIZ ETERNAL.
Refrain: DURING EVERY GENERATION,
YOU-rt ALWAYS PLACE WE ESCAPE, FEEL SAFE.
DURING EVERY GENERATION
YOU-rt PROVIDE US HOPE.
2. OUR FUTURE DEFINITE. HAPPEN YOU-rt COMMAND NOW TIME,
WE GO-#BACK DUST. WIND BLOW-IT-AWAY.
FOR YOU-ctr, ONE THOUSAND YEAR SEEM NOTHING-TO-IT.
LIKE SUNSET CAUSE LIGHT DISSOLVE,
DAY END. Refrain
3. TEACH US, TIME WE HAVE, TAKE-ADVANTAGE SHOULD.
TEACH US PATIENT WHILE WE WAIT"over time".
TEACH US (<) ACCEPT JOY, (>) ACCEPT PAIN.
MEAN WE SLEEP, HAVE PEACE,
GET-UP STRONG CAN. Refrain
Notes: (2h)LONG-AGO - (2h), POs ><, FOs up, hands alt. spiral backwards over shoulder.
FORM - (2h)[5:], POs ><, interlace fingers and then bring knuckles upwards.
DOT-SKY - (2h)[5:], POs and FOs diagonally up, hands jab upwards as if dotting the sky with stars.
TIME-PERIOD - [T], PO > NDS, FO up, travels in a vertical plane parallel to the NDH and makes contact with NDH [B], PO > DS, FO away. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Period - Time.
ETERNAL - ALWAYS + DH produces STILL in the usual way, and the NDH produces STILL so that it moves back over the shoulder. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Eternal.
YOU - Underlined words are honorific indices ("indexes"), using the FT of the upturned palm to indicate who is being honored.
TRUE-BIZ - TRUE + (2h)[S], POs down, FOs away, DH brushes from side to side across NDH wrist.
DEFINITE - (2h), POs down, FOs away, descend rapidly and close to (2h)[F].
GO-#BACK - [B], PO away, FO up, fingers curl, then staighten to a [K], while moving to one side (you choose the side).
DUST - [C], PO away, FO up, moves from NDS to DS along dorsal (back hand) side of [B], PO down, FO > DS.
BLOW-IT-AWAY - (2h) point knuckles at each other and then straighten out hands.
NOTHING-TO-IT - (2h)[F], POs away, FOs up, hands move slightly and symetrically from side to side.
JOY - (1) alt.HAPPY. (2) EXCITED. (3) J-EXCITED.
1. Long before the mountains came to be
And the land and sea and stars of the night,
Through the endless seasons of all time,
You have always been,
You will always be.
Refrain: In every age,
You have been our refuge.
In every age,
You have been our hope.
2. Destiny is cast, and at your silent word
We return to dust and scatter to the wind.
A thousand years are like a single moment gone,
As the light that fades
at the end of day.
3. Teach us to make use of the time we have,
Teach us to be patient even as we wait.
Teach us to embrace our every joy and pain.
To sleep peacefully,
and to rise up strong.
To hear a performance of this song, go to In Every Age | spiritandsong.com, a division of OCP.