More, More! ‘To Be a Pilgrim’

My soul needs this nourishment today, so I hope nobody minds if once again I post this–my favorite rendition of one of my very favorite hymns, To Be a Pilgrim (also known as He Who Would Valiant Be).

John Bunyan wrote this song in jail in 1684, having been imprisoned for preaching without a license from the government. He wrote it into Part 2 of his immortal Pilgrim’s Progress.

It doesn’t look like the malicious power of government was able to quench John Bunyan’s spirit, does it?

As for my own spirit, I think for once I’ll post another hymn right after this.

6 comments on “More, More! ‘To Be a Pilgrim’

  1. Thank you, Lee. Hard to believe, but this government has become even more malicious, oppressive and evil until we have now arrived at a time when it’s difficult to find any good in it.

  2. “I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.” –Thomas Paine, The Crisis, no 1, 1776

    1. Further research shows that this is from an album with Maddy Prior and The Carnival Band called “Gallery Hymns.” It might be worth looking into. Previously, I have only heard her with Steeleye Span.

    2. Thank you, I found some of these on youtube and I’ll be happy to use them here. I do love the way Maddy Prior sings!

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