Sunday, May 1, 2016

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #41

Welcome to the 41st Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing!

I miss the old hymns that I remember from my childhood - there were no drums, no electric guitar and no mind numbing beat. It was just voices and maybe a piano or an organ. The choir led the congregation in singing - and the words of these hymns are poetic. I realize that there is a need for the modern "seeker oriented" worship music - but it is also necessary to have deeper songs (no offense intended to anyone who prefers the newer church songs).

I decided to have an "Old Fashion Sunday Hymn Sing" once a month on this blog.
I personally do NOT have a great singing voice - I used to play the guitar & piano but my voice is NOT an instrument. That's the great thing about this digital hymn sing, you can warble along without being embarrassed or without offending anyone else.

The hymns that we will be studying are taken from an old hymnal from a Baptist church that is no longer in existence - "The North American Hymnal" published in 1956 by "THE ROGER WILLIAMS PRESS"

I will also try to find a version of the featured hymn on "YouTube" to share with you each month.

Today's featured hymn is "Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart" written by Edward H. Plumtre (1821-1891) & composed by Arthur H. Messiter (1831-1916).  
Edward Plumtre was a professor at King's College in London.  The original version of today's featured song had 10 verses (my hymnal only shows 5 of those 10).  He composed this song for a choir festival at Peterborough Cathedral, which is why there were so many verses - it was common at that time for a song such as this one to go on for 30 minutes!

I have included 2 YouTube videos of this beautiful hymn!  The first version is almost exactly the same as the one shown in my hymnal, however, the order of the verses are different than my hymnal.  The second version is instrumental but shows the lyrics - this version has 2 totally different verses that what appears in my hymnal.  ENJOY!

Turn with me to number 413 in your hymnals and let's sing:

Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart
written by Edward H. Plumtre (1821-1891) & composed by Arthur H. Messiter (1831-1916)
1. Rejoice, ye pure in heart, Rejoice, give thanks and sing;  Your festal banner wave on high - The cross of Christ you King;


2.   Bright youth and snow-crowned age, Strong men and maidens meek, Raise high your free, exulting song, God's wondrous praises speak.


3.   With all the angel choirs, With all the saints on earth, Pour out the strains of joy and bliss, True rapture, no blest mirth!


4.   Yes, on thro' life's long path, Still chanting as ye go;  From youth to age, by night and day, In gladness and in woe.


5.   Still lift your standard high, Still march in firm array;  As warriors through the darkness toil Till dawns the golden day.


Rejoice,              rejoice,              Rejoice, give thanks, and sing.
Rejoice,             rejoice ,                                  

A special thanks to "MetroSingers" for sharing this with us!
by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo Day_zpsb50f87c9.jpg


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