"Our Town" play question

Jun 1st, 2014
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The hymn “Blessed Be the Tie That Binds” appears in every act of Our Town. In Act I, it can be interpreted to have meaning that relates to the bonds of friendship and unity that exist in Grover’s Corners. In Act II, it can be interpreted to have meaning that relates to the marriage of George and Emily. In Act III, the hymn is sung at Emily’s funeral. Read the lyrics below and provide an interpretation that explains its meaning as a funeral hymn. Use evidence from the text to support your answer.

Blessed Be the Tie That Binds

Blessed be the tie that binds

Our hearts in Christian love;

The fellowship of kindred minds

Is like to that above.

Before our Father’s throne

We pour our ardent prayers;

Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one

Our comforts and our cares.

We share each other’s woes,

Our mutual burdens bear;

And often for each other flows

The sympathizing tear.

When we asunder part,

It gives us inward pain;

But we shall still be joined in heart,

And hope to meet again.

This glorious hope revives

Our courage by the way;

While each in expectation lives,

And longs to see the day.

From sorrow, toil and pain,

And sin, we shall be free,

And perfect love and friendship reign

Through all eternity.

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