One More Time, ‘To Be a Pilgrim’

The sun came out and I had a good morning’s work on my book, which put me in high spirits. Even the nooze couldn’t totally succeed in damping them; but it did give me a desire to hear John Bunyan’s hymn again.

Sung by Maddy Prior, with the Carnival Band, and by the author of “Pilgrim’s Progress”–To Be a Pilgrim. Sing it again, Maddy!

‘How Firm a Foundation’

In our old Dutch Reformed hymnal, way back when, this hymn was sung to the tune of Adeste Fideles. I haven’t heard it sung that way since.

How Firm a Foundation–an 18th-century classic hymn sung in 18th-century style by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

‘Light of the World’

I love this hymn and that’s why it’s here–Light of the World, by Charles Wesley, performed the old-fashioned way by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. Even the darkness of this age can’t put out the light of Jesus Christ!

‘How Firm a Foundation’

This morning’s hymn, How Firm a Foundation, has been found in hymnals going back to 1787. Performed here the old-fashioned way, by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

‘O Worship the King’

No hymn requests from any of you bashful people out there! Ah, well… here’s one of my favorites–O Worship the King, sung the old-fashioned way by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

The hymn contest closes Sunday and so far the leading hymn has just 21 views on the day it was requested.

‘Light of the World’

No hymn requests, no hymn contest entries, this morning; so I’ll go with one of my favorites and hope for the best. The best has been making itself kind of scarce around here lately.

Light of the World, by Charles Wesley, sung by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band–well, you can’t beat that, can you?

By Request, ‘To Be a Pilgrim’ (‘He Who Would Valiant Be’)

This is one of my all-time favorite hymns, and Heidi didn’t have to ask twice for me to post it. The only problem lay in choosing which version of it to post.

To Be a Pilgrim, also known and loved as He Who Would Valiant Be, rests on the original lyrics written by John Bunyan in 1684. I love this version by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

‘O, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing’

Can we do better than to start the day with a hymn by Charles Wesley, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band? O, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing–sung the old-fashioned way.

The hymn shop is open to all hymn requests today–so don’t be shy!

‘How Firm a Foundation’

Let’s start this blogging day with an old-fashioned hymn–How Firm a Foundation, sung by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. This is probably what the hymn sounded like when it was new.

We are open all day and all night for hymn requests.

Maddy Prior, ‘To Be a Pilgrim’

Yes, I know I post this a lot, you can even say “all the time”–To Be a Pilgrim, by John Bunyan, performed the old-fashioned way by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. But sometimes our pilgrimage is wearisome: and speaking for myself, I need a morale boost, big-time. I need this hymn this morning.

I pray it ministers to you, too.