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Hymn of the Week – Wayfaring Stranger

Music: Traditional American hymn, arr. John Dye (1935)
Poetry: Bever’s Christian Songster (1858)

I am a poor, wayfaring stranger,
While journeying through this world of woe,
Yet, there’s no sickness, toil nor danger,
In that bright land to which I go.

I’m going there to see my father,
I’m going there no more to roam;
I’m only going over Jordan,
I’m only going over home.

I know dark clouds will gather o’er me,
I know my way is rough and steep;
Yet beauteous fields lie just before me,
Where God’s redeemed their vigils keep.

I’m going there to see my mother,
She said she’d meet me when I come;
I’m only going over Jordan,
I’m only going over home.

I want to wear a crown of glory,
When I get home to that good land;
I want to shout salvation’s story,
In concert with the blood-washed band.

I’m going there to meet my Savior,
To sing His praise forevermore;
I’m only going over Jordan,
I’m only going over home.

Hymn of the Week – What Wondrous Love Is This

Traditional American hymn
Lyrics first appeared in General Selection (1811) compiled by Stith Mead
Music first appeared in Southern Harmony (1840) compiled by William Walker

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul,
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul.

When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down beneath God’s righteous frown
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul, for my soul,
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul.

To God and to the Lamb I will sing, I will sing,
To God and to the Lamb I will sing;
To God and to the Lamb, who is the great “I Am,”
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing,
While millions join the theme I will sing.

And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on.
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing and joyful be,
And through eternity I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on,
And through eternity I’ll sing on!

Journey's End

I have returned home after spending two weeks at a Christian camp in the mountains of New Mexico. And to celebrate my arrival home, here is a favorite song of mine by Clannad, from their album “Macalla“:

Another good end-of-the-journey song is “Back Home,” written by Kindra Ankney and performed by Bobby Horton. It is from the album “Lewis & Clark: Songs of the Journey,” a set of songs about the Lewis & Clark expedition. It is very good music, and educational as well! Here are the lyrics for “Back Home”:

The end of the journey!
They’d been gone so long
Folks back home were thinking surely something had gone wrong.
Missouri River traders called them men returned from graves,
For rumors were that they’d been killed
Or taken in as slaves.

Though many U.S. folks had given up on their return,
There was one who still had hope: Mr. Jefferson.
His dream had surely been fulfilled—
The wealth of knowledge gained
Was all that he had hoped for
And soon would be explained.

All St. Louis greeted them when they arrived in town;
The corps presented their salute by firing off three rounds.
Celebrations welcomed them,
Newspapers spread their name,
Towns of happy citizens
Declared the corps’s fame.

The journey was now ended,
The story just begun,
There’d be changes to our land because of what they’d done.
The captains and their party
Rejoiced to be back home—
The adventure was over,
But the tale had just begun.

There Is a Time

Ziphen Central – Seeking Wisdom and Sublimity

The Darlings, known in real life as the Dillards, wrote this song that they played on the Andy Griffith show. I never did watch that show very much, but when I heard this song played by Nash Street when they did a concert at our university, I was captivated. The lyrics were interesting, and the tune delightfully minor and like a folk song. Upon researching it, I discovered its origins and found this video.

I recently ordered a CD of the Dillards on SwapaCD, so I am looking forward to getting it. I know this song is on there, and I trust that the rest of the music will be just as good.

Music of Moya Brennan

Moya Brennan (Gaelic: Máire Ní Bhraonáin) is the lead singer for the Irish band Clannad, whose music I have come to love.  I was going to post a video from YouTube of “Against the Wind,” one of my favorite songs of hers from her first solo album.  However, this proved to be non-embeddable, so you can go look at it there if you wish:  Against the Wind.  And here are a couple of other videos, the first a traditional Irish folk song, and the other a song she wrote for her latest album.