Psalm 136: Love is never ending - Haugen

Psalm 136: Love is never ending - Marty Haugen

Translated into ASL by David Bar-Tzur

Created 12 October 2007, links updated monthly with the help of LinkAlarm.

EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).

1. GOD MIGHTY WE THANK YOU-rt.
WHY? YOUR-rt LOVE END NEVER.
WE THANK YOU-rt, OUR GOD SUPREME.
WHY? YOUR-rt LOVE END NEVER.

2. YOU-rt CREATE SKY WITH WISDOM AND LOVE.
WHY? YOUR-rt LOVE END NEVER.
YOU-rt CAUSE EARTH RISE-UP FROM SEA.
WHY? YOUR-rt LOVE END NEVER.

3. YOU-rt FILL-UP SKY WITH GLORY AND LIGHT.
WHY? YOUR-rt LOVE END NEVER.
SUN RULE DAY AND MOON RULE NIGHT.
WHY? YOUR-rt LOVE END NEVER.

4. UP-UNTIL-NOW* YOU-rt LEAD YOUR-rt PEOPLE THROUGH FAITH.
WHY? YOUR-rt LOVE END NEVER.
YOU-rt SHOW"all" COMPASSION, STRENGTH AND LOVE.
WHY? YOUR-rt LOVE END NEVER.

5. IF WE CALL-ON YOU-rt, WILLING SAVE.
WHY? YOUR-rt LOVE END NEVER.
SLAVERY SET-ASIDE, YOU-rt LEAD US BECOME FREE.
WHY? YOUR-rt LOVE END NEVER.

6. RED SEA, YOU-rt DIVIDE AND BRING YOUR-rt PEOPLE OUT.
WHY? YOUR-rt LOVE END NEVER.
YOUR-rt PEOPLE ENTER LAND OFFER LIFE FLOW SMOOTH.
WHY? YOUR-rt LOVE END NEVER.

7. YOUR-rt PROMISE, YOU-rt REMEMBER PASS-DOWN EVERY GENERATION.
WHY? YOUR-rt LOVE END NEVER.
PEOPLE LOWLY, YOU-rt WILLING HAVE-MERCY-ON.
WHY? YOUR-rt LOVE END NEVER.

8. (2h)#ALL LIVING THINGS, YOU-rt FEED AND GIFT-TO LIFE.
WHY? YOUR-rt LOVE END NEVER.
WE THANK YOU-rt, GOD RULE (2h)#ALL.
WHY? YOUR-rt LOVE END NEVER.


Notes: MIGHTY - (2h)[S], POs > back of signer, FOs up, are held at NDS and fists descend, then repeat at DS.

YOU - Underlined words are honorific indices ("indexes"), using the FT of the upturned palm to indicate who is being honored.

SUPREME - (2h)[A], FOs away, DH starts below NDH and arcs around it until it is on top.

CREATE - C-MAKE.

SKY - using the FT of the upturned palm, point > sky and sweep the hand > DS. For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - sky.

CAUSE - (2h)[S] are held at the chest as if holding a rope and move forward while opening to (2h)[5]. For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - cause.

RISE-UP - (2h)[5:], POs down, FOs away, rise up from sea.

GLORY - (2h)[5], POs><, FOs away from signer, DH which is on top wiggles fingers while ascending. For an animated gif of this sign, see Animated dictionary of religious signs - Deaf Missions: Glory.

LIGHT - (2h)[O^], POs away, FOs up, open to (2h)[5], while separating. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Light - 1.

RULE - CONTROL.

COMPASSION - HEART + (2h)[5^] descend slightly twice while closing to (2h)[O^] but hands close to heart.

SET-ASIDE - (2h)[B], POs > DS, with DH higher, palms are pressed against imaginary wall that is pushed to one side.S

FLOW - (2h)[4], POs down, FOs ><, NDH is held closer to body, both hands swivel forward 2x.

LOWLY - (2h)[B^], POs ><, FOs up, move downwards arcing towards the signer. This is the opposite of the sign ADVANCED. For an animated gif of ADVANCED, see Animated dictionary of religious signs - Deaf Missions: Exalted.

HAVE-MERCY-ON - (2h)[open 8], POs > people who are receiving mercy, hands move in vertical circles normal (perpendicular) to the chest.

(2h)#ALL - (2h)[A], POs ><, FOs up, are held at shoulder height and move away while opening to (2h)[L].

LIVING - LIVE+.

GIFT-TO - (2h)[X], POs ><, FOs up, nod downwards at wrist to show that something is given as a gift.

Lyrics:

1. We give thanks unto you, O God of might:
For your love is never ending,
We give thanks unto you, the God of gods:
For your love is never ending.

2. In your wisdom and love you shaped the skies:
For your love is never ending,
You spread out the earth upon the sea:
For your love is never ending.

3. You have filled all the skies with glory and light:
For your love is never ending,
The sun for the day and the moon for the night:
For your love is never ending.

4. From of old you have led your people in faith:
For your love is never ending,
You have shown your compassion, strength and love:
For your love is never ending.

5. You delivered the ones who called unto you:
For your love is never ending,
From bondage to freedom, you brought them forth:
For your love is never ending.

6. You have opened the sea and brought your people forth:
For your love is never ending,
Brought them into a land that flows with life:
For your love is never ending.

7. You remember your promise age to age:
For your love is never ending,
You show mercy on those of low degree:
For your love is never ending.

8. You give food and life to all living things:
For your love is never ending,
We give thanks unto you, the God of all:
For your love is never ending.

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