If you lived southwest of London, in the late 1700’s to mid-1800’s, you might know some of the most fervent and self-denying Christian reformers in the history of the faith. One was the man most responsible for getting a sluggish British Parliament to repudiate the slave trade.
A hymn that I've known since childhood....and I loved the tie-in to the Clapham society and the British & Foreign Bible Society. I have a 160-yr old B&FBS Bible that belonged to my great-grandfather, a Methodist minister who came to PA from England in the late 19th century.
A fresh longing was brought to the fore while reading this. Its been thirty-years since my grandfather’s death and yet you’ve brought his voice again to my ear. “I love to tell the story” was one of the hymns he sang everyday. Thank you for bringing him and it to my ear anew.
This one was new to me, so I listened at your Norman Luboff link. Naturally, YouTube offered the same title from other artists, whose style, I must admit, I prefer. First there were the Oak Ridge Boys (they're ANCIENT now -- I haven't watched them perform in decades -- but I like their version a lot). And then, of course, "Old Ern" from Tennessee, whose version was wonderful. And finally, Alan Jackson, another country guy I haven't seen for years, but who is quite well-preserved. I think the hymn benefits from a seriously good baritone/bass element. It's a lovely hymn, not burdened by sentimentality as so many of its genre can be. Many thanks.