Monday, May 21, 2012

A hymn I learned in a one-room school

A song from my past has been running through my head for a few days, a song I learned when I was attending Skinner School in Taylor County, Iowa.  A hymn, actually.  I don't think I ever heard it at church, but the first time we sang it in school, I connected with it; it was my song.  The words in that song had everything in it that I, a six-year-old child, believed.  My spirit soared when I first heard it.  The song still makes my heart sing, and it calms my soul.  

1. This is my Father's world, 
 and to my listening ears 
 all nature sings, and round me rings 
 the music of the spheres.  
 This is my Father's world:  
 I rest me in the thought 
 of rocks and trees, of skies and seas; 
 his hand the wonders wrought.

2. This is my Father's world, 
 the birds their carols raise, 
 the morning light, the lily white, 
 declare their maker's praise.  
 This is my Father's world:  
 he shines in all that's fair; 
 in the rustling grass I hear him pass; 
 he speaks to me everywhere.

3. This is my Father's world.  
 O let me ne'er forget 
 that though the wrong seems oft so strong, 
 God is the ruler yet.  
 This is my Father's world:  
 The battle is not done.  
 Jesus who died shall be satisfied  
 And earth and heaven be one!


Rachel said...

I am sure I probably heard you sing this if it means that much to you, but I remember it from bible school. The problem is, I attended so many of them, I don't remember which one! LOL

Donna said...

I am not so sure you would have heard me sing it, because I think years went by without my every giving that song a thought. The older I get, the more things I remember fondly from my childhood, sometimes things I had not thought about in ages.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

I remember this old hymn. It was sung often at our little country church where I grew up. I think we sang it in our one room country school as well. I remember the teacher playing the piano and leading us in singing. Thanks for the walk down memory lane!

Jon said...

I've never heard that hymn before but it's beautiful and the words are inspiring.
If you ever attempted to sing a hymn in school nowadays, you'd probably be arrested by the Hymn Police!

Penny said...

I remember singing this at school before prayer was taken away from us. We also sang it at church, Sunday school and summer camp. I haven't heard it in years. Thanks for the jog down memory lane. Blessings, Penny


The words are uplifting. I had never heard this before.