In My Heart There Rings a Melody
I have a song that Jesus gave me,
It was sent from heaven above;
There never was a sweeter melody,
‘Tis a melody of love.
In my heart there rings a melody,
There rings a melody with heaven’s harmony;
In my heart there rings a melody;
There rings a melody of love!
I love the Christ who died on Calv’ry,
For He washed my sins away;
He put within my heart a melody,
And I know it’s there to stay.
‘Twill be my endless theme in glory,
With the angels I will sing;
‘Twill be a song with glorious harmony,
When the courts of heaven ring.
The author and composer of this hymn, Elton Roth, was a well-known musician of his day. It was while assisting with evangelistic meetings in Texas on a hot summer day in 1923 that the words and music for this hymn suddenly came to him. Mr. Roth recalled, “That evening I introduced the song by having more than 200 boys and girls sing it at the open air meeting, after which the audience joined in the singing. I was thrilled as it seemed my whole being was transformed into song.”
Amazing Grace – 366 Inspiring Hymnal Stories by Kenneth W. Osbeck
Sunday Morning Post Script!
In my comments, Ellen’s “Dear” just asked, “what prompted you to sing that song?”
I should have included this in my post! Duh!
Answer: I was reading a quote I had jotted down and knew I wanted to post a hymn for Sunday. Here’s the quote:
I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love
Henry Ward Beecher
“Melody of love” popped in my head when I read that quote and I started singing the chorus. I looked up the rest of the words to the hymn and look how fitting the words are when you read the quote! Go figure!