Sunday, March 7, 2021

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #94

Welcome to the 94th 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 "O I Love to Talk With Jesus" written & composed by W.G.Fischer (1835-1912). 

I couldn't find any history on the actual song but I did find information on today's featured author.  William G. Fischer started his career as a book binder but then began teaching music at Girard College (in PA).  During all these career paths he was writing/composing hymns and in total he wrote more than 200 hymns.   

"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 
John 10:27-28

I have included 2 videos below the lyrics.  The first one is today's featured hymn exactly.  However, the second one only has the same title.  At first I thought the second video had the same tune as our featured hymn but it is actually a totally different song.  I included the second song anyway because it is beautiful and they both have the same theme. Enjoy!

Turn with me to number 480 in your hymnals and let's sing:

O I Love to Talk With Jesus
written  & composed by W.G. Fischer (1835-1912)

1. O I love to talk with Jesus, for it smooths the rugged road;  And it seems to help me onward, when I faint beneath my load;  When my heart is crush'd with sorrow, and my eyes with tears are dim.  There is nought can yield me comfort like a little talk with Him.

2.   Oft I tell Him I am weary, and I fain would be at rest;  That I'm daily, hourly, longing to repose upon His breast.  And He answers me so kindly, in the tend'rest tones of love.  "I am coming soon to take thee to My happy home above."

3.   Though the way is long and dreary to that far off distant clime, Yet I know that my Redeemer journeys with me all the time;  And the more I come to know Him, and His wondrous grace explore, How my longing groweth stronger still to know Him more and more.

4.   So I'll wait a little longer, till my Lord appointed time, And along the upward pathway still my pilgrim feet shall climb; Soon within my Father's dwelling, where the many mansions be, I shall see my blessed Savior, and He then will talk with me.

A special thanks to "Nolan Hess" for sharing this with us!


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