Best Ignatian Songs: Spring and Fall: To a Young Child

Some time ago I featured the Natalie Merchant song “Wonder” in our occasional “Best Ignatian Songs” feature. Here is another. It’s a setting of Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem “Spring and Fall: To a Young Child.”

The song is in the middle of a concert Merchant gave at a TED conference. Go to the 16 minute, 23 second point in the video. The poem is very lovely and very sad. It’s a good idea to read the poem while you listen to Merchant sing it. You’ll find it here.  Click here to watch the video on YouTube. (H/T to Tom Beaudoin.)

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Jim Manney
Jim Manney is the author of highly praised popular books on Ignatian spirituality, including A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer (about the Daily Examen) and God Finds Us (about the Spiritual Exercises). He is the compiler/editor of An Ignatian Book of Days. His latest book is What Matters Most and Why. He and his wife live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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