Saturday, November 1, 2008

The best All Saints day hymn ever

And official hymn of tea drinkers everywhere, the classic, "I sing a song of the saints of God." Note the third verse.

I sing a song of the saints of God,
patient and brave and true,
who toiled and fought and lived and died
for the Lord they loved and knew.
And one was a doctor and one was a queen
and one was a shepherdess on the green:
they were all of them saints of God -- and I mean,
God helping, to be one too.

They loved their Lord so dear, so dear,
and his love made them strong;
and they followed the right, for Jesus' sake,
the whole of their good lives long.
And one was a soldier, and one was a priest,
and one was slain by a fierce wild beast:
and there's not any reason-- no, not the least,
why I shouldn't be one too.

They lived not only in ages past,
there are hundreds of thousands still,
the world is bright with the joyous saints
who love to do Jesus' will.
You can meet them in school, or in lanes, or at sea,
in church, or in trains, or in shops, or at tea,
for the saints of God are just folk like me,
and I mean to be one too.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

if you dont mind me asking why was this song written for All saints day....

and i really like

Laura Toepfer said...

I don't mind at all, though I don't have an answer. I doubt it was written FOR All Saints Day--just written because she wanted to write it and used on All Saints Day.

If I could get my hands on a hymnal commentary (there is one), I could tell you more. I'm afraid this isn't much help.