I Walk in Beauty

“Now I Walk in Beauty”

I played this song on piano at my college graduation ceremony.   Here is a beautiful version sung in a round by Libana:

The chant comes to me whenever I am on a long distance walk.  I never listen to anything but natural sounds around me on my walks, and if I should walk long enough to be in physical pain, this song arrives in my mind and sustains me.  It is one reason I know I will be okay walking across the US someday.

Here is an opportunity to hear a related Navajo language poem sung and signed by a 16-year-old who is singing her tradition forward:

Here is the poem that crossed my path today from which this all originates.

 

Navaho Prayer – May it be beautiful

By Navaho (Anonymous)
(19th Century)

 

Dark young pine, at the center of the earth originating,
I have made your sacrifice.
Whiteshell, turquoise, abalone beautiful,
Jet beautiful, fool’s gold beautiful, blue pollen beautiful,
Reed pollen, pollen beautiful, your sacrifice I have made.
This day your child I have become, I say.

Watch over me.
Hold your hand before me in protection.
Stand guard for me, speak in defense of me.
As I speak for you, speak for me.
May it be beautiful before me.
May it be beautiful behind me.
May it be beautiful below me.
May it be beautiful above me.
May it be beautiful all around me.

I am restored in beauty.
I am restored in beauty.
I am restored in beauty.
I am restored in beauty.

About Erin W

A sensitive plant, bamboo strong.
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