Although one of the earliest of his poems, it bears many of the unique hallmarks that would appear throughout his body of work. The rhyme and meter of the poem is based on a familiar song or hymn and it includes directions from Lindsay on how to perform it. It is a rather long poem. The beginning of it is presented here.
I HEARD EMMANUEL SINGING
The poem shows the Master with his work done, singing to free his heart in Heaven.
This poem is intended to be half said, half sung, very softly, to the well-known tune:-
"Last night I lay a-sleeping,
There came a dream so fair,
I stood in Old Jerusalem
Beside the temple there,-" etc.
Yet this tune is not to be fitted on arbitrarily. It is here given to suggest the manner of handling rather than determine it.
I heard Immanuel singing
Within his own good lands,
I saw him bend above his harp.
I watched his wandering hands
Lost amid the harp-strings;
Sweet, sweet I heard him play.
His wounds were altogether healed.
Old things had passed away.