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Lily of the Valley

Words: Charles W. Fry, 1881, Tune: SALVATIONIST, William S. Hays, 1871, adapted

First Verse:

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:

Second Verse:

He all my grief has taken, and all my sorrows borne; in temptation He’s my strong and mighty tow’r;

I have all for Him forsaken, and all my idols torn from my heart and now He keeps me by His pow’r.

Tho all the world forsake me and Satan tempt me sore, thro’ Jesus I shall safely reach the goal:

Third Verse:

He will never, never leave me, nor yet forsake me here, while I live by faith and do His blessed will;

A wall of fire about me, I’ve nothing now to fear, with His manna He my hungry soul shall fill.

Then sweeping up to glory, to see His blessed face, where rivers of delight shall ever roll:


He’s the Lily of the Valley, the bright and morning star,

He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.

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All photo credits: J. Heston • SOTO © Archive. April 30, 2009

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Lily of the Valley

(Smyrna Baptist Church near Ozark, Missouri) A few weeks ago, State of the Ozarks recorded Elias Tucker (Pastor Dale Grubaugh) singing as his wife Dannette played the piano.

Few sounds evoke memories of tradition, church, fellowship and the holiday season more than a strong voice and unadorned but beautiful piano playing.

As the music sounded out in the century-old church of rural Parch Corn Holler, a little bit of Ozark history was preserved.

Press play to listen for yourself...


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