Sing my soul, his wondrous love, #467

# 467 Sing, my soul, his wondrous love

Words:  Anonymous

Music: St. Bees, by John Bacchus Dykes

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 I chose this hymn because who doesn’t like a tune called St. Bees? St Bees is a coastal village, civil parish and electoral ward in the Copeland district of Cumbria, England, on the Irish Sea. It was originally in the historic county of Cumberland.  I can’t find a reference to who J. B. Dykes named this tune “St. Bees” or who gave it that name, but let’s assume he may have traveled there and was inspired.

I also chose this hymn as I am very fond of bees and am quite worried about what is happening to our bee population due to disease AND the overuse of chemicals in our gardens and farms.  It is a crisis not only for home gardeners but for commercial farms.  Please, before you spray your yard and garden with pesticides, think about the poor bees who are trying to pollinate our flowers and vegetables.  Have mercy on our bees.  We need them. 

This devotional hymn of praise has no known author and first appeared in 1800. The hymn made it into the 1826 Hymnal and was set to the tune of St. Bees – the tune to which it is now most often sung, by John Bacchus Dykes in 1854. St. Bees is a tune also shared by Jesus, Name of Wondrous Love composed by Wm. Walsham How. (#323). To read more about the text and the scriptural references, read the entire posting.

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