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Compton 15 Mar 04 - 08:37 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Original hymn to 'Only Rembered'
From: Compton
Date: 15 Mar 04 - 08:37 AM

Notes I have read recently suggests John Tams wrote new words to an original tune (and used in Glasgow show "The Ship")"Only Remembered"...featured on Coope, Boyes and Simpson's "Funny Old World"..Anyone know of orifginal Hymnal words??...Only Remembered is GREAT song!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Original hymn to 'Only Rembered'
From: masato sakurai
Date: 15 Mar 04 - 09:36 AM

Bill Staines' "Only Remembered" (click here for the audio clip) sounds like "The Battle Cry of Freedom."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Original hymn to 'Only Rembered'
From: Burke
Date: 15 Mar 04 - 11:11 AM

Two sets of words are already here, I don't know which you might already know.

Folksongs of the Ozarks
Godless Hymns Thread


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Original hymn to 'Only Rembered'
From: masato sakurai
Date: 15 Mar 04 - 11:34 AM

Notes by Vance Randolph in Ozark Folksongs, rev. ed., vol. IV (p. 64):
I have seen a longer version of this piece in a "shape note" hymnal called Harvest Bells (ed. by Rev. W. E. Penn, St. Louis, n.d., No. 223), thw words credited to Dr. H. Bonar and the music to W.W. Bentley.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Original hymn to 'Only Rembered'
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 15 Mar 04 - 11:50 AM

Soaring from earth like a fly in molasses
Taken aloft like a slug on the wing;
Seen only dimly through mists as time passes
Where are the words I am trying to sing?
      
    Vaguely remembered, almost remembered
    Vaguely remembered from what I have sung;
    La la la la la la la la la la-la
    Vaguely remembered from what I have sung.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Original hymn to 'Only Rembered'
From: nutty
Date: 15 Mar 04 - 11:55 AM

There are two different sets of sheet music here on the Music for the Nation Site both pre 1885

Only Remembered (1)

and

Only Remembered (2)

The first is said to be by Jno. R. Sweney and the second by Asa Hull


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Original hymn to 'Only Remembered'
From: Barbara
Date: 15 Mar 04 - 05:20 PM

The second one by Asa Hull is the one that John Tams used. The tune is different, but derivative, and look at the words:

Up and away like the dew of the morning,
Soaring from earth to its home in the sun
Thus would I pass from this earth and its toiling
Only remembered for what I have done.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ONLY REMEMBERED (H. Bonar & Asa Hull)
From: Barbara
Date: 15 Mar 04 - 05:32 PM

All right. That's twice I managed to lose a post, and I'm not typing these silly words again. So I put 'em in my word processor and copied them here. Here is the rest of the hymn, and here -- Only Remembered, John Tams is a link to John Tams' words. I see we have a version of the text below in the DT, but the version below has more verses.

       ONLY REMEMBERED
      (Text: 1 Peter 11,9)
    Dr. H. Bonar & Asa Hull

Up and away like the dew of the morning,
Soaring from earth to its home in the sun
Thus would I pass from this earth and its toiling
Only remembered for what I have done.

        Only remembered, only remembered,
        Only remembered for what we have done,
        Only remembered for what we have done.

Shall I be missed if another succeed me,
Reaping the fields I in springtime have sown?
No, for the sower may pass from his labors,
Only remembered for what he has done.

Only the truth that in life I have spoken,
Only the seed that on earth I have sown,
These shall pass onward when I am forgotten
Fruits of the harvest and what I have done.

Oh, when the Saviour shall make up his jewels,
When the bright crowns of rejoicing are won,
Then will his faithful and weary disciples
All be remembered for what they have done.

Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: Lyr/Tune Add: ONLY REMEMBERED
From: masato sakurai
Date: 15 Mar 04 - 09:12 PM

This is the version in Sankey et al.'s Gospel Hymns Nos.1 to 6 Complete (1894, 1895, no. 534), with an altered set of lyrics of Horatius Bonar's original and the music by Sankey:

          ONLY REMEMBERED

1. Fading away like the stars in the morning,
    Losing their light in the glorious sun
    Thus would we pass from this earth and its toiling,
    Only remembered by what we have done.

    Refrain:
    Only remembered, only remembered,
    Only remembered by what we have done,
    Thus would we pass from this earth and its toiling,
    Only remembered by what we have done.

2. Shall we be miss'd tho' by others succeeded.
    Reaping the fields we in springtime have sown?
    No, for the sowers nay pass from their labors,
    Only remembered by what they have done.

3. Only the truth that in life we have spoken,
    Only the seed that on earth we have sown;
    These will pass onward when we are forgotten,
    Fruits of the harvest and what we have done.

4. Oh, when the Saviour shall make up His Jewels,
    When the bright crowns of rejoicing are won,
    Then shall His weary and faithful disciples,
    All be remembered by what they have done.

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T:Only Remembered
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Subject: Lyr Add: ONLY REMEMBERED
From: masato sakurai
Date: 15 Mar 04 - 09:34 PM

Subject added, and a correction.

2. Shall we be miss'd tho' by others succeeded,
    Reaping the fields we in springtime have sown?
    No, for the sowers may pass from their labors,
    Only remembered by what they have done.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Original hymn to 'Only Remembered'
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 15 Mar 04 - 10:01 PM

Amused by the note in The Traditional Ballad Index cufresno: "Although this song has been fairly popular with folk revival singers, it bears noting that it does not conform with the theology of any major branch of Christianity."
For heretics only?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Original hymn to 'Only Remembered'
From: Burke
Date: 16 Mar 04 - 09:38 AM

I had more success with search engines after I noticed that the original has "remembered by what I have done. The I switches around to we, he, they, etc.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE EVERLASTING MEMORIAL
From: Burke
Date: 16 Mar 04 - 10:09 AM

I found this in the Making of America Collection. The index lists "Bonar" as the author. This book, published in 1872, is roughly contemporary with the sheet music above.

THE EVERLASTING MEMORIAL

Up and away, like the dew of the morning,
That soars from the earth to its home in the sun,—
So let me steal away, gently and lovingly,
Only remembered by what I have done.

My name, and my place, and my tomb all forgotten.
The brief race of time well and patiently run,
So let me pass away, peacefully, silently,
Only remembered by what I have done.

Gladly away from this toil would I hasten,
Up to the crown that for me has been won;
Unthought of by man in rewards or in praises, —
Only remembered by what I have done.

Up and away, like the odors of sunset,
That sweeten the twilight as darkness comes on;
So be my life,—a thing felt but not noticed,
And I but remembered by what I have done.

Yes, like the fragrance that wanders in freshness,
When the flowers that it came from are closed up and gone;
So would I be to this world's weary dwellers,
Only remembered by what I have done.

Needs there the praise of the love-written record,
The name and the epitaph graved on the stone.
The things we have lived for,—let them be our story,
We ourselves but remembered by what we have done.

I need not be missed, if my life has been bearing
(As its Summer and Autumn moved silently on)
The bloom, and the fruit, and the seed of its season;
I shall still be remembered by what I have done.

I need not be missed, if another succeed me,
To reap down those fields which in Spring I have sown;
He who plowed and who sowed is not missed by the reaper,
He is only remembered by what he has done.

Not myself, but the truth that in life I have spoken.
Not myself, but the seed that in life I have sown,
Shall pass on to ages,—all about me forgotten,
Save the truth I have spoken, the things I have done.

So let my living be, so be my dying;
So let my name lie, unblazoned, unknown;
Unpraised and unmissed, I shall still be remembered;
Yes,—but remembered by what I have done.

Found in:
The shadow of the rock, and other religious poems. [Randolph, Anson Davies Fitz] 1820-1896, compiler. New and enl. ed. New York, A. D. F. Randolph & co., [1872] p. 81-83


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Original hymn to 'Only Remembered'
From: Compton
Date: 16 Mar 04 - 12:22 PM

What a great response!!! Thanks all..and any new chums that join this thread. Just a thought, did any ever see "The Ship" live? Wasn't Phil Cunningham the MD? and a lot of the songs written by Tams and Cunningham?..I only saw in on TV!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Original hymn to 'Only Remembered'
From: sleepyjon
Date: 23 Sep 08 - 08:57 AM

This is all a bit old now, but I've just stumbled on "Only Remembered" in "Sacred Songs and Solos: Revised and Enlarged, with Standard Hymns. Twelve Hundred Pieces. Compiled under the Direction of Ira D. Sankey." Can't find any publication or printing date, but Sankey died in 1908(?).

The words of "Only Remembered" are ascribed to H Bonar D.D (alt.). - I'm guessing the "alt" means someone adapted them. They are as given by masato sakurai about five posts back with a few minor differences:

V1,1, "..stars of the morning"
V2,3 "Yes, but the sowers must pass . . "
   4, "Ever remembered . . "
V3,3, "These shall pass . .

The tune is also as MS gives - and in 4/4 (I prefer the "folk processed" triple time usually heard in clubs (in the UK that is))

But is the refrain after every verse "Always remembered, always remembered . . etc" or, after v3 for example, is it "Fruits of the harvest, fruits of the harvest, fruits of the harvest and what we have done"?

(Some of the above would be clearer if I could work out how to do italics or underlines for the changes - sorry!)

SJ


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Original hymn to 'Only Remembered'
From: sleepyjon
Date: 25 Sep 08 - 06:04 AM

Correction to last post:

Final question: Is the refrain after every verse always "Only remembered, only remembered . . etc" or is it the last line of the verse eg v3: "Fruits of the harvest, fruits of the harvest . . etc"?

I'll nod off again now.

SJ


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Original hymn to 'Only Remembered'
From: Nathan in Texas
Date: 25 Sep 08 - 11:10 PM

It's included here in a collection of Bonar's hymns published in 1885. You can find out more about the composer here


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Only Remembered
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 28 Sep 08 - 10:21 PM

Lyrics of THE EVERLASTING MEMORIAL, identical to those posted above by Burke, can be found in

Bonar, Horatius. Hymns of Faith and Hope [First Series]. New York: Carter, 1860.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Only Remembered
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 29 Sep 08 - 12:09 AM

Great song, after singing it one too many times, I started singing "merely dismembered, merely dismemebered, merely dismembered for what he has done, Merely dismembered, merely dismembered, merely dismembered and cut up for fun." Never dream of doing that on stage.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Only Remembered
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 29 Sep 08 - 01:34 PM

Rising from earth like a fly in molasses
Flying aloft like a slug on the wing
Seen only dimly through mists as time passes
Where are the songs i am trying to sing?

cho:   Almost remembered. Almost remembered
       Vaguely remembered from what I have sung
       (pause) Da da da dada, da da da dada
       Almost remembered, the songs I have sung.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Only Remembered
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 29 Sep 08 - 03:40 PM

Good, Dick!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Only Remembered
From: GUEST,Liz Raphael
Date: 09 Mar 15 - 11:14 AM

I remember singing at Sunday school, about 55 years ago, a song called Always remembered. I've just woke up from an afternoon nap, and the words are going round in my head. Here's the song / hymn

I want you to know that you'll always be remembered
I think of you constantly all the day long
Your sorrows I'm sharing with god interceding
He will not forsake you although you are gone

Then the chorus is
Always remembered yes always remembered
Remembered forever his promise tis true
Always remembered yes always remembered
God cannot forget and he'll not forget you

I do not know what's brought this into my mind after all these years and cannot find anything about it on line. Can anyone help?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Only Remembered
From: Brian May
Date: 09 Mar 15 - 11:25 AM

Dick, that was mint.

I love that song but I identify completely with what you've written.

Thanks for the laugh.


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