Beautiful Garden of Prayer Lyrics and Chords

Beautiful Garden of Prayer Lyrics and Chords

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Eleanor Allen Schroll (b. ____, 1878; d. January. eight, 1966)
James Henry Fillmore, Sr. (b. June 1, 1849; d. Feb. 8, 1936)


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Note: The song was written in 1920 by Eleanor Schroll. The Cyber Hymnal has a picture of her, and lists one other song she wrote. Other than that we know nothing about her. As well every bit being a composer, James Fillmore was a pastor, a singing school instructor, and a sacred music publisher, working in the latter with his brothers.

Northwardonsense poems can exist clever and memorable, fifty-fifty when we don’t understand them. Have Lewis Carroll’due south verse form about the slaying of the Jabberwocky, in
Through the Looking Glass. It begins:

‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did curl and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

Nonsensical, only somehow fascinating.

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Some poems and songs make the states laugh simply considering they’re featherbrained, like the one about “the grand old Knuckles of York,” who marched his men upwards a colina.

And when they were up they were up.
And when they were down they were down.
And when they were only half way up,
They were neither up nor downward.

It’south logical, but hardly profound.

Sentimental poems that are lacking in freshness and insight abound. “Roses are cherry, violets are blue.” Well, yes, they are. Simply that has become a stale cliché. Comparison people or relationships to flowers or gardens has been done before–many times. Three thousand years agone, Solomon described his betrothed as, “A garden enclosed” (S.Southward. 4:12). It was a poetic way of referring to the wonder of her chaste, pure dear for him.

Isaac Watts (1674-1748) took that thought at applied it, meaningfully, to the church building:

We are a garden walled around,
Chosen and made peculiar footing;
A little spot enclosed by grace
Out of the world’s wide wilderness.

That does make sense, biblically, every bit the Lord speaks of believers drawn to Himself every bit “His own special people” (I Pet. 2:9, “peculiar” is the word the sometime
King James Version
uses, not meaning odd, but unique).

In speaking of His future blessing of the nation of Israel, the Lord says: “Their souls [i.e. more precisely their lives] shall be like a well-watered garden, and they shall sorrow no more than at all” (Jer. 31:12). It’southward a picture of the freshness and vitality of daily life they can anticipate during the reign of their Messiah-Male monarch.

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But the offering from Haldor Lillenas (1855-1959), called
The Garden of My Heart
, leaves these more profound applications and gets us close to sappy sentimentality. He describes times of prayer this way:

In the cool of the day He walks with me,
In the rose bordered way He talks with me;
In love’southward holy union, and sacred communion,
In the garden of my heart.

Roses seemed to be a fascination, as well, for druggist turned gospel song writer Charles Austin Miles (1868-1946). In a still pop song from 1912 he writes:

I come up to the garden alone
While the dew is even so on the roses.

Miles is speaking of fellowship with the Lord. Only what, or where the rose garden is he never tells usa. It’s more flowery sentiment that is shallow, and rather corny.

This brings us to the present hymn, and notwithstanding another garden.

CH-1) There’s a garden where Jesus is waiting,
At that place’s a place that is wondrously off-white,
For information technology glows with the low-cal of His presence.
’Tis the beautiful garden of prayer.

Oh, the beautiful garden, the garden of prayer!

Oh, the cute garden of prayer!

There my Saviour awaits, and He opens the gates

To the beautiful garden of prayer.

A dozen times in this short song we hear about “the beautiful garden of prayer.” Why? Is the author proverb that prayer is similar a walk in a lovely garden? Then, say it and move on! Sometimes repetition in a gospel vocal emphasizes an important point. Merely speaking over and over nigh a make-believe garden comes as well close to the “vain repetitions” of the infidel (Matt. six:seven). At the very least it’s a squishy sentiment that doesn’t enrich us much. The Lord isn’t waiting for the states in a garden, He seated in glory at the Male parent’s right hand (Heb. 1:3), yet nowadays with us always (Matt. 28:20).

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Not every hymn nosotros sing has to be a masterpiece of poetry, but we do well to seek out ways to express our organized religion and worship with words that are conspicuously biblical and richly meaningful. “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart exist acceptable in Your sight, O Lord” (Ps. 19:14).


ane) Can you think of other hymns or gospel songs that take shallow, trite poetry?

2) What important qualities do you hope to observe in a hymn?


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Beautiful Garden of Prayer Lyrics and Chords