Friday, November 19, 2010

"Open My Eyes That I May See"

"Open my eyes, that I may see
Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me
Place in my hands the wonderful key
That shall unclasp and set me free.
Silently now I wait for Thee,
Ready my God, Thy will to see,
Open my eyes, illumine me,
Spirit divine.

Open my ears, that I may hear
Voices of truth Thou sendest clear
And while the wave notes fall on my ear,
Everything false will disappear.
Silently now I wait for Thee,
Ready my God, Thy will to see,
Open my ears, illumine me,
Spirit divine.

Open my mouth, and let me bear,
Gladly the warm truth everywhere
Open my heart and let me prepare
Love with Thy children thus to share.
Silently now I wait for Thee,
Ready my God, Thy will to see,
Open my heart, illumine me,
Spirit divine."

Clara H. Fiske Scott

Clara was born in 1841 in Elk Grove, Illinois. In 1856 she attended a musical institute in Chicago and then went on to teach music at the Ladies Seminary in Lyons, Iowa. She married Henry Clay Scott in 1861.

In 1882 she published The Royal Anthem Book. It contained over three hundred hymns that she had written and was the first anthem collection ever published by a woman.

She died, tragically, on June 21, 1897 in a buggy accident.

In an interesting side-note, the hymnal I am using lists Charles H. Scott as the author of this hymn. A little mystery....perhaps just a bit of confusion about the first name.



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  2. I love all the songs you've been posting lately. Such good music and most will never know it if they are in a strictly "contemporary" church.

    That was me removing the above comment - BAD typo!

  3. Oh, how I love these precious words. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate these old hymns and the wealth of truth they contain. So nourishing to our souls.

  4. Oh, and thanks for the information about the songwriter. I think reading about these folks adds to our appreciation of God's working in their lives and how He blessed His people in the generations to come.

  5. Open my eyes, illumine me ~"
    I'm thinking "L I G H T" today as well, Linda~
    I pray to always be in His light ...
    I hope I am paying attention
    having "eyes that see"

    Bless you, Linda ~ you bring light and joy as well*
    Have a wonderful Sunday ~
    ps. Thank you for your tender comment this week. I'm seeing a little light through the sadness today ~ it's been a long week*

  6. I remember this one too! I love how you revive my memory of such beautiful hymns. I never paid attention to the history behind them, but am so enjoying learning from you. :)

  7. open me full, Lord, and find a dwelling place... yes, Linda, this my prayer, joined with yours, beautiful friend. xo

  8. Such a beautiful prayer in this hymn.

  9. Well, first of all, beautiful quilt pictured in your header! (I'm assuming that it's your work. Well done!)

    And thanks for posting Clara Scott's prayer hymn. As to the name, "Charles" is definitely an error. You can see her picture here...
    And she definitely doesn't look like a Charles!

    If you enjoy reading about our hymns and their authors, I invite you to check out my daily blog on the subject, Wordwise Hymns.

    And if you’ll excuse a brief “commercial:” If you do not have a good book on the subject of our Christmas carols, I encourage you to take a look at my own, Discovering the Songs of Christmas. In it, I discuss the history and meaning of 63 carols and Christmas hymns. The book is available through Amazon, or directly from Jebaire Publishing. (Might make a great gift too!)