President-elect Joe Biden concluded his speech this evening by citing a popular Catholic hymn “On Eagles’ Wings,” saying it was a favorite of his deceased son Beau and has inspired him through the final days of the campaign.
He said he hoped the song would give comfort to the many Americans who are grieving a loved one as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
On Eagles’ Wings “captures the faith that sustains me and which I believe sustains America, and a hope, and I hope it can provide some comfort and solace to the 230,000 Americans who have lost a loved one due to this terrible virus this year,” said Biden, who is a practicing Catholic.
“My heart goes out to each and every one of you,” he said. “Hopefully this hymn gives you solace as well.”
He then recited the words of the song: “He will raise you up on eagle’s wings, bear you on the breath of dawn and make you to shine like the sun and hold you in the palm of his hand.”
“Now together, on eagle’s wings we embark on the work that God and history has called upon us to do,” said Biden. “With full hearts and steady hands, with faith in America and in each other, with love country and a thirst for justice, let us be the country we know we can be.”