Sunday, September 6, 2020

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #89

Welcome to the 89th 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 "Thee Will I Love, My Strength, My Tower" written by Joh. Scheffler (1624-1677) translated by Catherine Winkworth (1829-1878)   
I could only find history on the translator and not the author.  Catherine Winkworth was born in London, England but was educated in Dresden, Germany.  She was well known for her translation of German hymns into English.  Her translations were very close to the original German meaning.  She was also a pioneer in promoting women's rights.

    "The name of the Lord is a strong tower;  the righteous run to it and are safe."
Proverbs 18:10

I have included 2 versions of this lovely hymn (below the lyrics).  The second has a more modern tune.  Enjoy!

Turn with me to number 351 in your hymnals and let's sing:

Thee Will I Love, My Strength, My Tower
written by Joh. Scheffler (1624-1677) & translated by Catherine Winkworth (1829-1878)
from "Harmonischer Liederschatz" Frankfurt, 1738

1. Thee will I love, my Strength, my Tower;  Thee will I love, my Hope, my Joy;  Thee will I love with all my power, With ardor time shall ne'er destroy.  Thee will I love, O Light Divine, As long as life and breath are mine, As long as life and breath are mine.

2.   Thee will I love, my Life, my Savior, Who art my best and truest Friend, Thee will I love and praise forever For never will Thy kindness end;  Thee will I love with all my heart, For Thou my great Redeemer art, For Thou my great Redeemer art.

3.   Oh, teach me, Lord, to love Thee truly With soul and body, head and heart, And grant me grace that I may duly Learn well ere long love's sacred art.  Grant that my every thought may be Directed only unto Thee.  Directed only unto Thee.

4.   Thee will I love, my Crown of gladness;  Thee will I love, my God and Lord, Amid the darkest depths of sadness, Nor for the hope of high reward, For Thine own sake, O light Divine, As long as life and breath are mine, As long as life and breath are mine.

A special thanks to "The University of Notre Dame Folk Choir" for sharing this with us!


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