Reverend Bonar, like so many of his fellow ministers in that golden age of English hymnody, was a deeply learned man. Yet he wore his learning lightly.
I will have this hymn sung at my funeral. I love it. Jesus's tenderness and love move me to tears every time.
How lovely! I haven’t thought of this hymn for a while, but all the verses came back to me, and comforted me as it did other commenters.
That said, I expected this week’s hymn to be “I am a poor wayfaring stranger, traveling through this world of woe....” 🙂
Not prattle or run-on conversations- or empty rhetoric----NO -- words that truly matter!
Yesterday, although a I saw your daily email in my inbox numerous times, I didn't hit the read button. This AM I became increasingly blue as I read the Ohio results. I could feel myself going in depression and told a friend I needed to go to Mass. My Mass isn't for another 6 hours. I opened this email a few minutes ago and almost immediately felt the yoke eased. Thank You!
Magnificent! Thank you very much. A perfect example of how the gift of music can lift the soul, in ways beyond words….
Here’s another hymn with some heart. https://www.godtube.com/popular-hymns/day-by-day-and-with-each-passing-moment/
This is lovely. I needed it today. Thank you.
I love the Hillbilly Thomists version of this song. You can find it on YouTube as well.
This is quite possibly my favorite hymn. I always listen to it when I'm feeling sad or discouraged. It does a rare enough thing, as well, in that it's one of the few hymns where Jesus speaks directly without sounding off, or without the words making it seem like the singer is speaking for Him. You can feel the otherworldly hand in it, in the way it all comes together so perfectly. I think the best sign of its quality is that I often can't precisely describe how good it truly is--there are words to do so, but they always seem to fall short. With this hymn, you can truly FEEL the greatness when you hear it, and that feeling often defies words.
Thank you for sharing this beautiful message and music.
Thank you for your reflection on this hymn. I remember crying when I heard it in church for the first time. It was at the words, "So I came to Jesus as I was, so weary, worn, and sad." Those words seemed to sum up my state of mind at the time." I think the melody was also used by Ralph Vaughan Williams in one of his pieces. I came across it in a collection of his music titled, "Composer's Collection: Ralph Vaughan Williams."