Sunday, January 5, 2020

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #81

Welcome to the 81st 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 "Art Thou Weary, Art Thou Troubled" written by St Stephen of Mar Sabas (Greek) translated by John M. Neal (1818-1866) composed by Henry W. Baker (1821-1877).    
There was no historical information about St. Stephen of Mar Sabas but I was able to find a little about the translator.  J.M. Neale was of ill health for most of his life, however he was still able to win the Seatonian prize for religious poetry 11 times (Trinity College, Cambridge, England).  

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"Encouragement vs Admonishment"

I have included 2 versions of this lovely hymn (below the lyrics).  Enjoy!

Turn with me to number 241 in your hymnals and let's sing:

Art Thou Weary, Art Thou Troubled
written by St Stephen of Mar Sabas (Greek) 
translated by John M. Neale (1818-1866)  
composed by Henry W. Baker (1821-1877)

1. Art thou weary, art thou troubled, Art thou sore distressed?  "Come to me," saith One, "and, coming Be at rest."

2.   Hath He marks to lead me to Him, If He be my Guide?  "In His feet and hands are wound-prints, And His side"

3.   Hath He diadem, as monarch, That His brow adorns?  "Yea, a crown, in very surety, But of thorns."

4.   If I find Him, if I follow, What His guerdon here?  "Many a sorrow, many a labor, Many a tear."

5.   If I still hold closely to Him, What hath He at last?  "Sorrow vanquished, labor ended, Jordan passed."

6.   If I ask Him to receive me, Will He say me nay?  "Not till earth and not till heaven Pass away."

A special thanks to "sanderson1611" for sharing this with us!


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