I don’t know why I’m posting this–but why not? We’ve had enough bad nooze for one morning. So Burl Ives sings a nonsense song from the Civil War…
Which proves that God has built into the human spirit a certain amount of effervescence–even in the midst of a calamity like the Civil War, we can dream up funny songs. As long as we can do that, we will endure; we will not be crushed. Laughter is a gift from God: and God forbid that we should ever be without it.
I’d never heard this old-fashioned gospel song until today–Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord, sung by a young Burl Ives–whose voice stayed young throughout his long career. One of the Youtube commenters said he loved this song when he was a very young child… although he thought “Grace” was Noah’s wife.
It wasn’t easy to post this hymn. The computer kept giving me “Holly Jolly Christmas” instead. That has now vanished somewhere into cyberspace, and here is Burl Ives, O Little Town of Bethlehem.
Thank you for your prayers, everybody. I should be back to normal sometime this afternoon.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote these verses in 1863 at the height of the Civil War, and on the heels of personal tragedy: his wife died in a fire, and his son was severely wounded in battle.
Sung by Burl Ives, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.
The last thing I do on this blog, each night, is to load a hymn for the morning. This is an old Sunday school favorite–What a Friend We Have in Jesus–and I couldn’t resist the image of the flowing stream: I used to know places like that. Something to take to the Lord in prayer…
Ina wanted more Burl Ives, and Patty wanted this hymn in particular, so here it is–Wayfaring Stranger, an old spiritual, sung by Burl Ives. Short but sweet.
Christ’s parable of the Good Shepherd and the lost sheep was the inspiration for this hymn from 1868, The Ninety and Nine, sung here by Burl Ives.
No one ever had a more mellow voice than Burl Ives–ideal for singing old-fashioned hymns: the kind of hymns that are still loved today, many years after they were written.
Hymns like this one–In the Sweet By and By.
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.