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Why Not I?

Little birds their maker praise

Author: S. V. R. Ford
Tune: [Little birds their Maker praise]
Published in 10 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Little birds their Maker praise,
Why not I? Why not I?
Songs of gratitude they raise,
Why not I? Why not I?

He who notes the sparrow’s fall,
Is my Lord, my life, my all;
’Twas for me He came to die,
Who should praise Him if not I?

2 Little birds are free from care,
Why not I? Why not I?
Happy all the day they are,
Why not I? Why not I? [Refrain]

3 Little birds are free from sin,
Why not I? Why not I?
Pure and innocent within,
Why not I? Why not I? [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #11055

Author: S. V. R. Ford

Born: 1835, Greenville, New York. Died: June 5, 1910, New York City. Son of Cyrus Earle and Amanda Hedden Ford, Stephen wrote several battle hymns during the American civil war which were sung by Union soldiers. He was a partner in a shirt and collar making company, Ide & Ford, in Troy, New York (1865-72). In his later years, he was known as an author, editor, composer and critic. He was living in Schenectady, New York, in 1908. His works include: Sunday-School Teaching (Hitchcock & Walden, 1868) Melodies for Little People (New York: Hunt and Eaton, 1891) The King’s Birthday: A Carol Service for Christmas (New York: Hunt and Eaton, 1893) The Stone Rolled Away: An Easter Missionary Service (Curts & Jennings, 1897)… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Little birds their maker praise
Title: Why Not I?
Author: S. V. R. Ford
Language: English
Refrain First Line: He who notes the sparrow's fall
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #11055
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The Cyber Hymnal #11055

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