Tag Archives: Burl Ives

‘The Lily of the Valley’

Here’s another traditional hymn I’ve never heard before–The Lily of the Valley, sung by Burl Ives.

If you’re new here, we like to start every blogging day with a hymn. So if there’s a hymn you’d like to share, just let us know.

‘Victory in Jesus’

I had never heard this classic hymn before–Victory in Jesus, published in 1939 by Mr. Barlett. Sung here by Burl Ives.


‘In the Sweet By and By’ (Burl Ives)

One more Burl Ives hymn, all right? In the Sweet By and By…

I’ve reached the age where there are more people waiting for me in the sweet by and by than are waiting for me here.

‘The Old Rugged Cross’ (Burl Ives)

Phoebe asked for more hymns by Burl Ives, so more hymns by Burl Ives we’ve got.

I don’t often post The Old Rugged Cross. If it brings a tear to your eye, that’s okay. I know a swordsman who has that reaction, too.

‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus’ (Burl Ives)

Sometimes I whistle this hymn when I go for a walk, and several people have told me it was a pleasure to them, to hear it. And it’s a pleasure to me, to hear Burl Ives sing it–What a Friend We Have in Jesus.

‘Shall We Gather at the River’ (Burl Ives)

You don’t mind if I get on a Burl Ives roll, do you? His mellow voice was perfect for these good old hymns. Shall We Gather at the River is one of my favorites; and the haunting photograph doesn’t hurt, either.

God grant we never have to do without prayer–or hymns.

‘Bringing in the Sheaves’

What a wonderful rendition of this hymn, Bringing in the Sheaves, by Burl Ives!If you missed him in the 1950s and 60s, he was a noted folk singer and award-winning actor. And this is one of my favorite hymns, all the way back to Sunday school.

By Request, ‘How Great Thou Art’

Erlene requested How Great Thou Art–and who doesn’t love this hymn? I chose this rendition by Burl Ives: not the greatest sound reproduction, but I couldn’t resist the video. Beautiful flowing streams like that whisper to us, “God is nigh, God created me, He created you… God is nigh.” So you may have to turn up the volume a bit.

By Request, ‘Silver Bells’

This isn’t really a Christmas hymn, but Erlene requested it, and besides, it brings back fond memories to me. We sang this in our seventh-grade Christmas concert. Mr. Held’s entire home room, including me, was drafted into the choir. I was in the back row with all the other kids who couldn’t sing–but never mind, it was fun: and there was no one there to complain about it.

Fun fact: Did you know one of Burl Ives’ middle names was Ivanhoe? Cool!

‘I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day’ (Burl Ives)

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote these words in 1864. His wife had just died in a fire that burned down their house, and the nation was in the third year of the Civil War–to this day, the bloodiest war ever for America. That any man could write such a hymn as this, still sung 150 years later, displays the image of God in us.

And nobody sang it like Burl ives…

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