want to talk about the 9th track on Echoes From the Trail, Hymn
17, sung and played to the tune of What a Friend We Have in Jesus. The
English lyrics have sometimes been criticized as being too much of the
"sentimental gospel type". Nonetheless, it has remained popular even
to today, maybe because of its comforting message and gentle tune.
1855, the preacher Joseph M. Scriven wrote the lyrics as a poem for his mother,
who was living in Ireland while he was in Canada. Scriven first published the
poem anonymously, but was given credit for it in the 1880s. Charles Crozat
Converse, an American attorney who also worked as a composer of church songs,
gave the poem its familiar tune in 1868.
Cherokee lyrics (from the Cherokee Hymn Book) describe a song of love and
praise. The song starts out identifying the object of our adoration, "Yi ho
wa" (Jehovah). Throughout the song you hear, "e di lv quo de sdi i"
- Let us honor him. And each verse and chorus end with the line, "e di ge
yu se sdi i" - Let us love Him. Listen to this song a few times and you'll
find yourself singing along with these lines.
much as I love the original English lyrics, I think it's easy to quickly love
hearing (and singing along) with the Cherokee version.
Hear a 1 minute preview of this song at: http://johnnykee.com/mp3_Files/Preview-Hymn17.mp3.
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