I love to tell the story of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and His glory, of Jesus and His love;
I love to tell the story, because I know ’tis true,
It satisfies my longings as nothing else would do.
I love to tell the story,
’Twill be my theme in glory,
To tell the old, old story
Of Jesus and His love.
I love to tell the story, more wonderful it seems
Than all the golden fancies of all our golden dreams;
I love to tell the story, it did so much for me,
And that is just the reason I tell it now to thee.
I love to tell the story, ’tis pleasant to repeat,
What seems each time I tell it more wonderfully sweet;
I love to tell the story, for some have never heard
The message of salvation from God’s own holy Word.
I love to tell the story, for those who know it best
Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest;
And when in scenes of glory I sing the new, new song,
’Twill be the old, old story that I have loved so long.
Weekly I love to visit old songs like this on… I remember singing them growing up to the piano in organ in church, and as an adult I realize the richness in these words. Sometimes an image I takes reminds me of a song, and sometimes I take an image with a song in mind. Inspired by the “greats” and their words. The picture above made me thing of gold, like in the second verse of this hymn, “..Then all the golden fancies of all our golden dreams”. If you aren’t familiar with this hymn, you can listen to Alan Jackson sing it here. If you are familiar, you should still listed to Alan Jackson sing it…:) It’s a simple and beautiful song. I love getting these ol’ hymns stuck in my head for the day (sometimes much longer!) because they are like a prayer, and I love thinking about the words and sending them back up to heaven. I created a lock screen just for your phone! You can grab it here from dropbox if you’d like this hymn stuck in your head too.
What a beautiful reminder huh? The “Old, old story” let’s repeat it over and over and never forget Jesus and his love.
According to Wikipedia…. (I love finding out the history of hymns!)
“I Love to Tell the Story” is a well-known hymn which was written as a poem by an English evangelist, Arabella Katherine Hankey. It was set to music by William G. Fischer.
Arabella had a serious spell of sickness while in a mission in Africa. During her long days of convalescence, she wrote a long on the life of Jesus in 1866 in two parts. The first part was a poem of fifty stanzas, titled “The Story Wanted” (dated January 29, 1866) and second part titled “The Story Told” (dated November 18, 1866).
Certain verses were taken from Part I. by Dr. W. H. Doane in 1867 to make the popular and familiar hymn beginning, “Tell me the old, old story”. From Part II. certain verses were selected to make the hymn, “I Love to Tell the Story”.
The tune was composed by William G. Fischer and appeared in Fischer’s Joyful Songs, Nos. 1 to 3 published in 1869 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Methodist Episcopal Book Room.