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.

Charles W. Fry & family

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.

William S. Hays