Wednesday, December 29, 2010

He's the Fariest of Ten Thousand to My Soul

William Booth was a minister in 1865 concerned  with the poor and homeless in London's East End.  During his ministry in 1878, people began to leave their old ways of life and join the "Lord's Army."  "The Salvation Army" became the name for this new ministry.  When the ministry spread to Salisbury, it was not received very well.  Workers in the Army were mistreated and hit by bricks and eggs when they preached.  A builder living in Salisbury, Charles Fry, came to the rescue offering protection for the preachers.  He and his three sons fought off the offenders.  They also played music for the ministry and drew crowds for the preachers.  Thus was born the Salvation Army Brass Band.  A few years later, Fry wrote, "The Lily of the Valley," a popular song played by modern day "Army workers." 
I have found a friend in Jesus.  He's everything to me.  He's the fairest of ten thousand to my soul; The Lily of the Valley, in Him alone I see; All I need to cleanse and make me fully whole. 
In sorrow He's my comfort, in trouble He's my stay.  He tells me every care on Him to roll;  He's the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star; He's the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.


  1. Thanks for sharing this! I never knew the background story on it. I'm thankful for those of old and even today who leave all to go and preach God's precious word.

  2. Interesting story. Love the Lilies of the Valley! :O)

  3. I'm so glad you found my blog so I could come and find yours...which is wonderful! I love all your vintage images and treasures shared! I've signed on to follow...may you have a fabulous new year!

  4. The Salvation Army is the one charity I give to consistently. I know they put that money to the Lord's use.
    Wishing you and yours the best blessings of the New Year.

  5. this is so typical :) i just read about the meaning of the 'lily of the valley'- "Lily of the Valley flowers stand for purity and new beginnings, therefore making them a popular wedding day flower." and now i find your song that i grew up singing {can still hear my mom's voice} lovely! thankyou!
    Every Blessing on this new year's journey...
    another "lily of the valley new beginning"!
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