Lead Kindly Light
The lyrics to today’s release were written in 1833 by John Henry Newman, a 33-year-old priest, while on a ship bound homeward to England after a prolonged visit to Italy. A dangerous fever delayed him for several weeks.
“I was aching to get home, yet for want of a vessel I was kept at Palermo for three weeks. I began to visit the churches, and they calmed my impatience, though I did not attend any services. At last I got off in an orange boat, bound for Marseilles.”
It was on this boat, finally headed back home, that he penned the lyrics to this beautiful hymn.
Jehovah, Lord of Heaven and Earth
Good morning everyone! Today's release is "Jehovah, Lord of Heaven and Earth." The original tune was written by Oliver Holden. Among other achievements, he was honored, in 1789, to write the score and lyrics for, and train a choir to sing, an ode performed to welcome President George Washington at the Old State House in Boston.
Have a great weekend!
If You Could Hie to Kolob
Happy Friday everyone! Today's release, "If You Could Hie to Kolob," is another hymn that was originally sung to a different tune than that to which we are now familiar. If you've ever heard the original, let me know; but the tune that we all know and love is definitely one of my favorites!
Read more about it here: https://www.thetabernaclechoir.org/articles/if-you-could-hie-to-kolob-mormon-tabernacle-choir.html