Sunday, February 21, 2010

For a Sunday in February





Come Thou Fount of every blessing
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I'm fixed upon it,
Mount of God's unchanging love.

Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Hither by Thy help I'm come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood.

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I'm constrained to be!
Let that grace now like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here's my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.

9 comments:

  1. Old hymns are amazing. Modern churches should sing more of them.

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  2. Love this!!! I agree with you Tracey...modern churches should embrace these wonderful old hymns...FULL of good stuff!

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  3. Beautiful old hymn and one of my personal faves.

    Love-love your new avatar pic!

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  4. Oh, I should give credit. We sang this on Sunday at my "modern" church.

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  5. I actually sang this song at my friend's wedding, same tune, different words: God of love, oh God of goodness, bless this couple on this day...such a beautiful tune.

    I love old hymns, but I confess (please don't hate me) I'm not a fan of Christian pop versions. I think I'm just hard-wired that way.

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  6. Oh Rebecca, I take no offense at all. I don't really like pop versions of old hymns either. I also don't like dirge-slow full choir versions where I can't understand the words and dose off trying to sing along. This was the best I could find on YouTube. I wish I could find a nice simple recording of old hymns sung the old way.

    The tune itself is not even original to this hymn. It is an old American folk song, so I've read. I think there is another hymn that uses it even.

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  7. Whew! Honesty is always a risk when commenting.

    There are lots of old English folk tunes made into hymns, too, and they are lovely like this one. I'll have to try and find the original American folk song.

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