Saturday, May 5, 2012

TSMSS - Like a River Glorious

There are few forms of music that I enjoy more than piano hymns, especially when I'm in a reflective mood or not feeling well. I like several of Chris Rice's songs that he sings, but his Living Room Sessions CD is absolutely beautiful. My girl has begun playing some of the arrangements, and hearing her play them is a double blessing.

Like a River Glorious is an old hymn that my mom really liked and while I never particularly disliked it, it was never one of my favorites, either. As I've gotten older matured, I've come to appreciate what a beautiful hymn it is and the lyrics always speak to me. I've provided them below so you can follow along if you aren't familiar with this classic, written by Frances Havergal in 1874.


Like a river glorious, is God’s perfect peace,
Over all victorious, in its bright increase;
Perfect, yet it floweth, fuller every day,
Perfect, yet it groweth, deeper all the way.

Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest
Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.

Hidden in the hollow of His blessed hand,
Never foe can follow, never traitor stand;
Not a surge of worry, not a shade of care,
Not a blast of hurry touch the spirit there.

Every joy or trial falleth from above,
Traced upon our dial by the Sun of Love;
We may trust Him fully all for us to do.
They who trust Him wholly find Him wholly true.

Words: Frances Havergal, 1874
Music: James Mountain, 1876

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Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

LOVE this hymn....


Pia said...

i love the melody. so beautiful.

Lisa Richards said...

The words are so beautiful! Hymns back then were so majestic! I hope Amy listens to this. The words would be a blessing for her family right now. (And for ALL of us!) :)

Karen said...

Stayed upon Jehovah! Great lyrics. Bless you.

collettakay said...

I'd never heard this one. thanks for sharing :)

Here's mine:


Cathy said...

That is just beautiful, Linda. Thanks for sharing the lyrics.