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Song of the Month for Thanksgiving 2018: Manx Fishermen’s Evening Hymn

November 22, 2018 by

For November’s Song of the Month, we’ve chosen “The Manx Fishermen’s Evening Hymn” written by Manx composer W.H. Gill (1839–1923). In this recording, however, it’s not sung by fishermen. This number is a favorite on the Bruderhof any evening of the year, but especially at Thanksgiving since it speaks of our reliance on God for our daily bread. Enjoy the song, and our music video below – we recorded it in the Fox Hill silo, of course. (Which incidentally was flooded with six inches of water, rendering the space more challenging for recording but seemingly appropriate for a sea song.)

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The original hymn has six verses – we chose to sing three of them:

We thank Thee, Lord, for sunshine, dew and rain,
Broadcast from heaven by Thine almighty hand –
Source of all life, unnumbered as the sand –
Bird, beast, and fish, herb, fruit and golden grain.
Thou, Lord, dost rule the raging of the sea,
When loud the storm and furious is the gale:
Strong is Thine arm; our little barques are frail:
Send us Thy help; remember Galilee.
O Bread of Life, Thou in Thy Word hast said:
Who feeds in faith on Me shall never die.
In mercy hear Thy hungry children’s cry:
Father, give us this day our daily bread.

Here’s our video:

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