Sounding ChildhoodMain Menu30 Selections from the Top Ranking Hymns for ChildrenAlphabetical Index of Hymn TitlesScoresRecordingsTimelineCredits, 2015 Recording & WebsiteCredits, Permissions and CopyrightWorks CitedRehearsal VideosPart 2--Songs for School and PlayPart 3--Bands of Mercy SongsAlisa Clapp-ItnyreAlisa Clapp-Itnyre ea81b58f96dc50ac6f0312cb8dfd4bbc7d5bfddcSOUNDING VICTORIAN Project 2016
Whene'er I take my walks abroad
12019-03-03T21:45:06+00:00Alisa Clapp-Itnyre ea81b58f96dc50ac6f0312cb8dfd4bbc7d5bfddc11by Isaac Wattsplain2019-03-03T21:45:06+00:00Alisa Clapp-Itnyre ea81b58f96dc50ac6f0312cb8dfd4bbc7d5bfddcIsaac Watts essentially inaugurated the hymn-tradition for children, with his 1715 Divine and Moral Songs for Children. This is one of his divine songs, which continued to be re-printed together or anthologized apart, as here. This, Song IV, titled “Praise for for Mercies Spiritual and Temporal" in his original, was re-labelled “Gratitude" and beautifully illustrated for this collection, The Illustrated Book of Songs for Children (London, 1863; edited by H.L.L; illustrator unnamed). It tackles real issues of poverty, inequality of wealth, spiritual gratitude, and predestination, beginning “Whene’er I take my walks abroad,/ How many poor I see!/ What shall I render to my God/ For all his gifts to me?” The line takes on greater significance for the middle-class reader/singers as they are confronted with social disparity: “Not more than others I deserve,/ Yet God hath given me more” (v. 2) and continuing: “I have food while others starve” (v. 2), “How many children in the street/Half naked I behold!/While I am clothed from head to feet/And covered from the cold” (v. 3); “While some poor creatures scarce can tell/ Where they may lay their head/I have a home…” (v. 4) and “let me love Thee more than they” (v. 6). Its concluding point is put in the form of a question—“Are these Thy favours day by day,/ To me above the rest?”—as the child questions the undeserved, predestined fortune given to some over others.
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