This is so beautiful!
The Lily of the Valley
“I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys” (Song of Solomon 2:1).
I have found a friend in Jesus, He’s everything to me,
He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul;
The Lily of the Valley, in Him alone I see
All I need to cleanse and make me fully whole.
In sorrow He’s my comfort, in trouble He’s my stay;
He tells me every care on Him to roll.
He’s the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star,
He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.
He all my grief has taken, and all my sorrows borne;
In temptation He’s my strong and mighty tower;
I have all for Him forsaken, and all my idols torn
From my heart and now He keeps me by His power.
Though all the world forsake me, and Satan tempt me sore,
Through Jesus I shall safely reach the goal.
He will never, never leave me, nor yet forsake me here,
While I live by faith and do His blessèd will;
A wall of fire about me, I’ve nothing now to fear,
From His manna He my hungry soul shall fill.
Then sweeping up to glory to see His blessèd face,
Where the rivers of delight shall ever roll.
Words: Charles W. Fry, 1881; first appeared in the Salvation Army’s The War Cry, December 29, 1881. Fry wrote the lyrics in Lincoln, England, while working with the Salvation Army there.
Words: Charles William Fry
Born: May 30, 1838, Alderbury, Wiltshire, England (birth name: William Charles Fry).
Died: August 24, 1882, Park Hall, Polmont, Stirlingshire, Scotland.
Buried: Glasgow, Scotland. On New Year’s Day 1884, a monument to “The first bandmaster of the Salvation Army” was unveiled over his grave. On it was inscribed a verse Fry wrote:
The former things are past,
And ended is the strife,
I’m safe home at last!
I live an endless life!
A bricklayer by trade, like his father, Fry was a versatile musician, playing the violin, cello, piano, cornet, and harmonium, and leading an orchestra and band at the Wesleyan chapel in Alderbury. He also helped the Christian Mission in Salisbury, and his family band accompanied Salvation Army founder William Booth in evangelism campaigns.
Music: William Shakespeare Hays
Born: July 19, 1837, Louisville, Kentucky.
Died: July 23, 1907, Louisville, Kentucky.
Buried: Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky.
Hays attended college in Hanover, Indiana; Clarksville, Tennessee; and Georgetown, Kentucky. His first song, Little Ones at Home, was published in 1856, while he was studying at Georgetown College. After college, he became a reporter for the Louisville, Kentucky, Democrat. During the American civil war, he was jailed in New Orleans for writing songs sympathetic to the southern cause. After the war, he worked on steamboats on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, and rose to captain of the ship Gray Eagle. Later, he became a columnist at the Louisville Courier-Journal, where he worked some 30 years. He reportedly wrote over 350 songs in his lifetime; one of them, Mollie Darling, sold over a million copies, an incredible figure in that day. Among his other popular titles were Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane, Susan Jane and Oh! Sam.