My brother reworked the hymn “How Can I Keep From Singing” to honor and remember his nephew Jonathan. It mostly draws from Unitarian and Christian versions, with a couple of lines written by my brother.
My life flows on in endless song Above earth’s lamentation.
I hear the real, though far off hymn That hails a new creation.
Above the tumult and the strife, I hear the music ringing; . . .
What though the tempest loudly roars, I hear the truth, it liveth.
What though the darkness round me close, Songs in the night it giveth.
No storm can shake my inmost calm While to that rock I’m clinging.
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth, How can I keep from singing?
With each new day my story grows, the pages ever turning.
And through it all I always hold This flame of hope still burning.
The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart, A fountain ever springing;
All things are mine since I am his–How can I keep from singing?