"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Sunday Reflection

One from the Sunday cobblestones of my childhood:

5 comments:

  1. A change this week, CE, and many thanks for it! For a few moments I was back in my 1950s primary school again, where and when it didn't matter what 'persuasion' you followed, you all sang the hymns and prayed the prayers anyway - and 'did' the Nativity play - and generally loved it all!

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  2. I stumbled across it when I found a video of an English church organ repairer and just followed links. It reminds me of Sunday tea at my grandparents' house and the Salvation Army doing the rounds of their local streets - always a treat.

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  3. Never heard this before.

    Lovely, and just what I needed to hear.

    Thanks.

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  4. Thank you, I'm glad you all liked it. It's a bit of a change from the usual Sunday Reflections.

    It was written in the 1880s and became associated with the Boys' Brigade. This is the original tune - there's another 'progressive & modern' version, which shows why progressive & modern doesn't always mean 'better' :-)

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