Bunyan adorned his Pilgrim's Progress with many short poems, including today's hymn, which was later set to music to be sung in church.
Pushed the wrong button. How do I put comment back from "notes.?" Wonderful recording!
Hobgoblin and foul fiend convinced me to use this hymn at a gathering of young students at the farm this Fall. It will follow the reading of a chapter on "The Manly Calling' from Tony's Out of the Ashes! The students will love its vigor and will join in the singing.
Maddy Prior is my favorite singer of traditional folk songs and hymns. What spirit she has! I saw her long ago with her then-band Steel-Eye Span at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, of all places. She has a couple of wonderful albums of old traditionaI Christmas songs, and many others. -- I love her rendition of this hymn and I am grievously disappointed that the otherwise great 1941 hymnal has the tune Monks Gate but not Bunyan's words. Instead, Bunyan's poem is set to a pedestrian tune written in 1917. As I say about many things lately, what is wrong with people?
John Bunyan's witness to Christianity from his prison cell has influenced and inspired many.
Belatedly I became aware of "The Pilgrim's Progress. " My introduction was via a DVD which then prompted buying the book. His creative naming of towns and characters resonates today in our culture which is why it remains so enduring.
Strangely enough, it was reading Hawthorne's The Celestial Railroad that made me appreciate Pilgrim's Progress and the importance of the pilgrimage.
Bunyan's version gets an extra point from me purely for finding a way to accurately and effectively use the word "hobgoblin" in such a short line of verse.