The Olden Story

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1 There is an olden story, wafting
sweet smelling odours across the sea;
Fresh from the vernal Mount of Olives,
O'er the blue waters of Galilee.

Sweet, sweet, olden story,
Sing, sing, in joyful lay;
See, see the golden glory,
Lights the pathway to endless day.

2 Ages have sped that story onward,
Still its glad tidings are ever new;
Prophets and priest have learned its music,
Praising the Father in worship true. [Chorus]

3 Young men and maids have sung its praises,
Old men and children have joined the song;
And by the notes of babes and sucklings
That blessed story still flows along. [Chorus]

Source: Songs of Love and Praise No. 2: for use in meetings for christian worship or work #163

Author: F. G. Burroughs

F. G. Burroughs was born in 1856 (nee Ophelia G. Browning) was the daughter of William Garretson Browning, a Methodist Episcopal minister, and Susan Rebecca Webb Browning. She married Thomas E. Burroughs in 1884. He died in 1904. She married Arthur Prince Adams, in 1905. He was a minister. Her poem, "Unanswered yet" which was written in 1879, was published in the The Christian Standard in 1880 with the name F. G. Browning. She also wrote under the name of Ophelia G. Adams and Mrs. T. E. Burroughs. Dianne Shapiro from The Literary Digest, July 29, 1899., The Register, Pine Plains, NY, October 24, 1884, Alumni Record of Wesleyan University, Middleton, Conn. 1921 Go to person page >

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First Line: There is an olden story, wafting
Title: The Olden Story
Author: F. G. Burroughs
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Sweet, sweet, olden story
Copyright: Public Domain


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Songs of Love and Praise No. 2 #163

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