Archive for June, 2009

Like A River Glorious

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009
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This hymn was written in 1876. That year, Frances Havergal was on vacation in the south of Wales where she caught a severe cold and inflammation of the lungs. She was told that she might die and her amazing response was “If I am really going, it is too good to be true.” She however survived and wrote this hymn later that year.

Frances was very frail in health in went home to be with the Lord at the age of 42. Her dying words were “Come, Lord Jesus, come and fetch me.” She had a peace that truly “passeth all understanding”.

Lyrics: Frances R. Havergal
Music: James Mountain

Like a river glorious is God’s perfect peace,
Over all victorious, in its bright increase;
Perfect, yet it floweth fuller every day,
Perfect, yet it groweth deeper all the way.

Refrain:
Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest
Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.

Hidden in the hollow of His blessed hand,
Never foe can follow, never traitor stand;
Not a surge of worry, not a shade of care,
Not a blast of hurry touch the spirit there.

Every joy or trial falleth from above,
Traced upon our dial by the Sun of Love;
We may trust Him fully all for us to do;
They who trust Him wholly find Him wholly true.

This is quite an inspiring hymn with a simple but beautiful melody.

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Day By Day

Monday, June 29th, 2009
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This is a Scandinavian hymn written by Karolina W. Sandell-Berg who was the daughter of Jonas Sandell, pastor of the village’s Lutheran church. She had a frail body but a strong spirit.

She face tragedy at the age of 26 when her father was drowned during a boat trip on the east coast of Sweden near Gothenburg. “Day by Day” is one of her best known hymns.

Lyrics: Karolina Sandell-Berg
Music: Oskar Ahnfelt

Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He, whose heart is kind beyond all measure,
Gives unto each day what He deems best,
Lovingly its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.

Every day the Lord Himself is near me,
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear and cheer me,
He whose name is Counsellor and Pow’r.
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
“As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,”
This the pledge to me He made.

Help me then, in every tribulation,
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation,
Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E’er to take, as from a father’s hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till with Christ the Lord I stand.

This hymn was a beautiful flowing melody.

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Lead Me, Savior

Saturday, June 27th, 2009
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The text was written and the tune (Lead Me) was composed both by Frank M. Davis, who was born on Jan. 23, 1839, near Marcellus in Onondaga County, NY. During his life, he traveled extensively, living at different times in Marcellus, NY; Vicksburg, MS; Baltimore, MD; Cincinnati, OH; and Burr Oak and Findley, MI. A teacher of voice and instrumental classes, he had charge of choirs in various places and was known as a fine soloist. His first published composition appeared in Waverly Magazine. Some of his compilations include Notes of Praise, Brightest Glory, and in 1877 New Pearls of Song.

Da­vis wrote this song in Au­gust 1880, on a steam­er in Ches­a­peake Bay, bound for Bal­ti­more, Mar­y­land. It was pub­lished in Bright Gems, com­piled by S. B. El­len­berg­er, 1881.

Lyrics and Music: Frank M. Davis

Savior, lead me, lest I stray,
Gently lead me all the way;
I am safe when by Thy side,
I would in Thy love abide.

Refrain:
Lead me, lead me,
Savior, lead me lest I stray;
Gently down the stream of time,
Lead me, Savior, all the way.

Thou the refuge of my soul
When life’s stormy billows roll;
I am safe when Thou art nigh,
All my hopes on Thee rely.

Savior, lead me, then at last,
When the storm of life is past,
To the land of endless day,
Where all tears are wiped away.

An excellent writeup can be found at http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/hymnstudies/608372/

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Blessed Assurance (flute)

Thursday, June 25th, 2009
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Here’s a piano and flute version using a regular concert flute. I believe it takes years of practice to be able to play the flute well.

Piano only version:

http://www.hymnpod.com/2009/03/10/blessed-assurance/

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Come, Thou Fount (flute)

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
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Here’s another track with Michael playing an Irish flute together with me on the piano. Irish flutes do not have key pads on them and are harder to play than normal concert flutes. Do you think the flute brings out the melody better in this hymn?

Piano only version:

http://www.hymnpod.com/2009/05/27/come-thou-fount/

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