Tag Archives: Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band

By Request, ‘To Be a Pilgrim’

Requested by Joshua, one of my very favorite hymns, To Be a Pilgrim, by John Bunyan: and belted out but good by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. The hymn may be better known as He Who Would Valiant Be, with slightly different lyrics; but we have it here as John Bunyan wrote it.

‘Light of the World’

This world does get awfully dark sometimes, but there is one light the darkness can’t put out–the light that is Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Don’t mind me, I love this hymn and can’t help posting it from time to time: by Charles Wesley, Light of the World, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

‘Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown’

You can’t go wrong starting your day with a hymn. Charles Wesley wrote some 6,000 of them, including this one–Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown. Performed in 18th century style by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

‘O, Worship the King’

This has always been one of my favorite hymns–and I think the first one I learned to play on the harmonica: O Worship the King, performed in 18th-century style by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

Bonus Hymn: ‘Angels from the Realms of Glory’

I had this stored away for a dreary, foggy day when I’d need something upbeat. That time is now.

Angels from the Realms of Glory, by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band–with a really long “Glooooooria”!

By Request, ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’

Yes, we’re still doing Christmas carols here!

This one was requested by Phoebe–God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, performed in 18th century style by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

‘Prayer Request: For Christmas 2017’ (2017)

If all goes well with this post–and it hasn’t so far: not by a long shot!–you’ll be reading it as Patty and I zip down the Garden State Parkway for Christmas dinner at my sister’s house.


We’ll probably be back before dark, because I don’t like to drive on the Parkway at night and the local traffic’s even worse–all the nimrods cruising around with their high-beams on, trying to blind you.

I hope some of you are able to visit here today, and enjoy a carol or two.

The carol which I am attempting to post above is Charles Wesley’s Light of the World, sung by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. It’s one of my favorite hymns, and I’m bumbling around with it today. Let’s just see if I can get it posted, shall we?

By Request, ‘The Holly and the Ivy’ (Traditional)

TheWhiteRabbit asked for a traditional version of this hymn, and this is about as traditional as it gets–The Holly and the Ivy, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

‘I Saw Three Ships’

Not much video to go with this–but just try and sit still: this hymn won’t let you do it. Another one of my favorite Christmas carols: I Saw Three Ships, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

How old is this carol. No one knows for sure. Old enough for the lyric to say, “sailing to Bethlehem.” You’d do better to get out and walk.

‘Light of the World’ (John 1)

This is the only true light for us sinners–Jesus Christ Our Savior, the only light that saves us and lights our way.

In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.  –John 1:4-5

Light of the World, by Charles Wesley; sung by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

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