Recently, I saw a film on TV and there was a scene where a couple was on a park bench in London listening to a brass band playing a song. It was lovely, so pleasant to the ear. The song sounded familiar and I realized that I knew the tune but not the song so I looked it up.
It was Psalm 23 set to music. I have heard this done before, most memorably to me was from the TV show, "Vicar of Dibley" but this was not the same tune. (Many tunes have been written for this Psalm... you may see the full list just here.) With just a bit of research, I can tell you that what I heard from the brass band was written by Jessie Seymour Irvine around 1870, and the tune is called "Crimond" for the Scottish village where she lived! In my research, I think I remember that this is one of the few hymns where the music is written by a woman. The words are paraphrased from the 23rd Psalm from the Bible, written by David, of course!
(Of course, you also know I had to look up more about that village in Scotland...if you look at the same thing I did, you will rewarded by seeing an amazing clock! Here, look at this...Crimond.
The hour is coming.)
The Lord's my shepherd, I'll not want;
He makes me down to lie
In pastures green; he leadeth me
The quiet waters by.
My soul he doth restore again,
And me to walk doth make
Within the paths of righteousness,
E'en for his own name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through death's dark vale,
Yet will I fear no ill;
For thou art with me; and thy rod
And staff me comfort still.
My table thou hast furnishèd
In presence of my foes;
My head thou dost with oil anoint,
And my cup overflows.
Goodness and mercy all my life
Shall surely follow me;
And in God's house forever more
My dwelling place shall be.
My friends, I have noticed that several of my blogging friends are thinking of giving up writing on their blogs. I feel a sorrow over this that I find hard to express. If you are reading this and think you have decided to stop, then...think again! Even if you don't post very often, please...keep it up if you can! Okay? I am thanking you in advance of your decision!
Now, these dog days of summer are getting me a bit down, so hearing the song that I gave you above is very comforting to me.
And by the way, I really prefer it from a brass band but that is my "English heart" coming through, I guess. The Brits really do like a brass band!