Category Archives: Freedom

No. 155

This song does not have a title. I know it as “There is a Wideness in God’s Mercy”.

Verse 1:
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy
Like the wideness of the sea;
There’s a kindness in His justice
Which is more than liberty.

Refrain:
He is calling, “Come to me!”
Lord, I gladly haste to Thee.

Verse 2:
For the love of God is broader
Than the measure of man’s mind;
And the heart of the Eternal
Is most wonderfully kind.

Verse 3:
If our love were but more simple,
We should take Him at His word;
And our lives would be all sunshine,
In the sweetness of our Lord.

F.W. Faber

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No. 99: I am Longing to Be Free

Verse 1:
I am longing, precious Jesus,
For communion sweet with Thee;
I am longing for that union
For that perfect liberty;
I am longing, I am longing to be free.

Refrain:
Oh, I am longing to be free,
Yes, I’m longing to be free,
I am longing, precious Jesus, for Thee,
Oh, I am longing to be free,
Yes, I’m longing to be free,
I am longing, precious Jesus, for Thee.

Verse 2:
I have tasted of the sweetness
Of Thy presence in my heart;
And I want Thee with me ever,
With Thee, no more to part;
I am longing, I am longing to be free.

Verse 3:
Oh, I know that there is a freedom
Far away from earthly care;
When with Thee it’s always sunshine,
When with Thee it’s always fair;
I am longing, I am longing to be free.

D.C.C./David C. Cook/Harmonized by T.M.T.

The Star-Spangled Banner

In Verse 3, “vauntingly” means “in a boasting cock-sure fashion”. “Hireling and slave” refer to the mercenaries paid to fight and to the soldiers who lived under the British Crown. The idea is that they did not have as much to fight for since one group fought for money and the other fought to benefit someone other than themselves. In contrast, the Americans fought for their homes, families and way of life–all that we consider to be a part of freedom.
When this volume was published, we had just begun to extend the blessings of freedom to those who had been enslaved in this country. I cannot imagine with what emotion they sang the third and fourth stanzas in light of their recent emancipation.

Verse 1:
Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts, we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro’ the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Verse 2:
On the shore dimly seen thro’ the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner; oh, long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Verse 3:
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footsteps’ pollution:
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave;
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Verse 4:
Oh, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and wild war’s desolation;
Blest with vic’try and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land
Praise the pow’r that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust!”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Francis S. Key/John Arnold

All will be Well

Sorry for the lack of activity, my computer was being repaired.

Verse 1:
Thro’ the love of God our Saviour,
All will be well;
Free and changeless is His favor,
All, all is well.
Precious is the blood that healed us
Perfect is the grace that sealed us,
Strong the hand outstretch’d to save,
All must be well.

Verse 2:
Tho’ we pass thro’ tribulation,
All will be well;
Ours is such a full salvation,
All, all is well.
Happy still in God confiding,
Fruitful if in Christ abiding,
Holy through the Spirit’s guiding,
All must be well.

Verse 3:
We expect a bright tomorrow,
All will be well;
Faith can sing through days ofsorrow,
All, all is well.
On our Father’s love relying,
Jesus every need supplying,
Or in living or in dying,
All must be well.

Mary B. Peters/Geo. C. Stebbins