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Sing Out!

Here’s a nice little quote I came across while reading Anthony Esolen’s “Hearts Uplifted” in Touchstone.

He who sings prays twice. – St. Augustine

I tried to track down the original wording and according to the Church History Forum, this is apparently the original quote:

For he that singeth praise, not only praiseth, but only praiseth with gladness: he that singeth praise, not only singeth, but also loveth him of whom he singeth. In praise, there is the speaking forth of one confessing; in singing, the affection of one loving.”
(St. Augustine, Commentary on Psalm 73, 1)

Now while I like the theological accuracy of Augustine’s actual wording, I must admit it doesn’t pack the pithy punch of the traditional rendering.

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  1. Star Roberts
    November 2, 2006 at 7:41 pm

    Beautiful! Praising God is sucha blessing, and so is praying! If we didn’t have a way to communicate with Jesus, life would be horrible!

  2. November 3, 2006 at 12:48 pm

    I agree! Thanks for the note!

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