EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).
1. COME-ON (2h)YOU HUNGRY THIRSTY SOUL. DRINK FREE FROM WATER WE PROVIDE.
COME-ON, (2h)YOU EXHAUSTED PEOPLE, WE WILL GIVE (2h)YOU ENERGY.
WHY WASTE TIME HARD-KNOCKS? WHY NOT FEEL SATISFIED?
LOOK-AROUND; EVERY PLACE OFFER FOOD SET-UP"each". ALWAYS READY FOR (2h)YOU.
2. PARALLEL (<) RAIN, (>) SNOW, HAVE REASON HAPPEN.
TWO-OF-THEM WATER POUR-OUT EARTH, HELP FEED"each" PEOPLE HERE EARTH.
lf-SAME-AS-rt SPIRIT WORD++ LIKE SEED GROW,
FEED"each" OUR MIND UNTIL EARTH OVERFLOW WISDOM.
3. WE SHALL GO-AHEAD PEACE, FEEL SAFE. WE LEAVE WITH JOY MORE-THAN WE UNDERSTAND.
HILL BLOSSOM EXPRESS THRILL. FOREST SWAY, CELEBRATE HAPPY.
NO MORE W-E-E-D CHOKE LIFE. NATURE SHOW"all"
HIS-Heaven NAME FOREVER. WORLD BECOME OUR CHURCH.
Notes: COME-ON - (2h)[B^] move in circles pivoting at the wrists to beckon someone to do something.
(2h)YOU - Underlined words are honorific indices ("indexes"), using the FT of the upturned palm to indicate who is being honored.
EXHAUSTED - TIRED + [V], PO up, FO > NDS, is drawn with effort across the palm of [B], PO up, FO away.
HARD-KNOCKS - Fists alt. stike chest as if life were beating on you.
PARALLEL - (2h), POs down, FOs away, move forward. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Parallel.
POUR-OUT - (2h)[C] pour out an imaginary container.
GO-AHEAD - (2h)[B^ dot], POs ><, FOs away, move forward in a jerk.
MORE-THAN - (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.
BLOSSOM - (2h)[A] are held together but the hands are twisted like the beginning of CHANGE. Hands twist back while opening to (2h)[5:] with the hands still held together.
SWAY - (2h), POs ><, FOs up, hands sway side to side as if swaying in the wind.
CHOKE - Choke neck with crossed hands.
1. O come, you longing thirsty souls, drink freely from the spring.
And come, you weary famished folk, and end your hungering.
Why spend yourself on empty air? Why not be satisfied?
For everywhere a feast is spread that's always at our side.
2. For as the rain and snow above fall not in vanity,
But for this purpose water earth: to feed humanity.
So shall the word of spirit serve as seed within our loam,
That we may bear so rich a yield as brings the harvest home.
3. For we shall go in peace secure and leave in joy sublime!
The hills outside will burst with song, the trees will clap in time!
No more shall thorns and nettles grow! The bay tree and the pine,
Shall sign for us th'eternal name that makes the world a shrine.