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!
I love this hymn and just have to post it now and then–To Be a Pilgrim, by John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim’s Progress. Performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. It’s the kind of hymn that adds some spark to your bark!
Also known as He Who Would Valiant Be.
These past few days, a lot of visitors to this blog have been looking for John Bunyan’s hymn, To Be a Pilgrim, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. Well, this is one of my all-time favorites, so I don’t need to have my arm twisted, to post it again.
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This is the only hymn known for sure to have been by John Bunyan, famous for Pilgrim’s Progress. It reminds us that the pilgrim’s way is hard, but that we have a Helper who can never fail. To Be a Pilgrim, by John Bunyan: and this is my favorite rendition of it, by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.
If plodding through the daily news these days doesn’t make you feel like you’ve wound up in Pilgrim’s Progress, I don’t know what will. I sometimes think John Bunyan wrote that book, and this hymn, especially for us.
We must be pilgrims, not castaways. God put us here and now for a reason. Let us shoulder the burdens He gave us, and serve Him with all our hearts.
I particularly love this version of the hymn by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. Go get ’em, Maddy!
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.