Hymn of the Month – Jesus Lover of my Soul

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The first printing of the hymn, taken from Studies of Familiar Hymns, Second Series by Louis F. Benson

The first printing of the hymn, taken from Studies of Familiar Hymns, Second Series by Louis F. Benson

This month’s hymn “Jesus, Lover of my Soul” was written by the famous Charles Wesley who with his brother John founded the Methodist Church. This hymn was one of 7,000 hymns that Charles wrote. Yes I just said 7,000.

I’ve stepped up my game in researching hymns thanks to Kevin Twit who suggested the books Studies of Familiar Hymns by Louis F. Benson. I now own both volumes and will be using that my main resource. If you are into hymns and history like I am, I highly suggest buying them online! I bought both books for less than $20. Also there are some pictures inside of the original written hymn in the author’s handwriting. This story comes from volume two.

Charles was one of 19 children to Rev. Samuel and Susannah Wesley. Charles was born December 18, 1707 and grew up in the tiny town of Epworth in Lincolnshire, England. Both Charles and John attended Oxford University. They were ordained in the Church of England went to Georgia. John went as a missionary and Charles served as a secretary to General Oglethorpe who I remember studying in history class. On the ship to America, John was impressed by some German Moravians who were singing with such joy. He learned what spiritual songs could do for spiritual life. John learned German so he could translate the hymns for fellow voyagers. Seeing the Moravians love new songs and their faith sparked a fire in both Charles and John. They went back to England. Charles became out as a wandering preacher and John established the first “societies” that were the start of the Methodist church. But Charles soon couldn’t stop his love of writing poetry. There is a story about him, that after a horseback accident, he wrote about his bruises and that it “spoiled my making hymns until the next day.” On his deathbed he even dictated to his wife his last one.

charles-wesley-smallHe wrote “Jesus, Lover of my Soul” at just 33 years old in 1740. There is no known reason for him writing this hymn. Also no one is completely sure if Charles wrote it, it might have been John. The problem is the brothers printed jointly three volumes of their earlier verses 1739, 1740, and 1742. This hymn was on page 67 of the 1740 volume. But  experts on Wesleyan poems agree that the style and manner is like Charles. Also John did not agree with everything Charles wrote. He did not approve of any terms of endearment used in relating to God.

Also there is a firth verse. The original third verse is traditionally omitted, which is a shame because it’s beautiful.

Wilt Thou not regard my call?
Wilt Thou not accept my prayer?
Lo! I sink, I faint, I fall—
Lo! on Thee I cast my care:
Reach me out Thy gracious hand!
While I of Thy strength receive,
Hoping against hope I stand,
Dying, and, behold, I live!

Some of Charles’s most famous hymns are:

Arise my soul arise
And Can It Be That I Should Gain?
Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing

I designed a printout for you of the hymn including the omitted hymn! And you really need to listen to Indelible Grace’s version on the hymn. It’s free! It’s track 5 on the Beams of Heaven album. And if you like the music, buy the album and support these indie musicians who put so much time and love into this project.

BIG SALE

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While I’ve been preparing for this sale I’ve been thinking about car sales pitches, “Everything must go!” and “You’ve never seen a sale like this!” But this sale is that! I’ve never sold work that’s in perfect condition for so little. I’ve only discontinued a little work, and I would stagger it out. But this time it’s huge. It’s at least 30 prints with so many color variations that’s it is massive. The small prints are marked down to $4 and large prints marked down to $6! So please buy some work and buy multiples!! I want to make room for new work. Click here to shop the clearance section of my etsy shop!

Kate

BIG Changes!

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I’ve not slowed down since December. I am wanting to keep this momentum so I’ve initiated a bunch of projects for myself. I’m excited about this year!

I’m going to discontinue about 30 prints starting next week! There are a lot of prints that are old that I’m simply not excited about anymore. So I’m going to offer them priced as low as $3 to get rid of them! And would you be interested in grab bags? Yes? Okay then grab bags are coming! 🙂 This will start next MONDAY!

I’m also going to raise the prices of my prints. This has been a tough decision that has come with a lot of thought. I meant to do it last year, but just couldn’t make myself do it. I’ve only raised my prices one time in FOUR years. And paper, ink, supplies have all increased in price over the years. I’m going to raise the price of my small prints from $15 to $20 and include free U.S. shipping. Shipping has been $3.25, but now it will be included in the price. The large prints are changing from $22 to $28 with free U.S. shipping. Shipping in the U.S. for large prints was $4.50 but it will be free now. Prices will change February 1st. I’m still undecided about the price of the teeeny prints. Whew! I’m going to be honest. I’m nervous about it, but I know I need to do this. Running your own business is tough. If you find it’s easy, then please tell me everything you are doing right! HA! It would be so much easier to be sneaky about it, hoping you wouldn’t notice. But that didn’t feel right to me. Here’s hoping you understand.

Onto more fun news, Dave and I are redesigning my website and it’s going to be awesome. I’m not sure when it will go live, but hopefully soon. And I’m starting to work on a font! I’m so excited about this! I’ll be sure to share process photos over the next few months. Almost forgot – YES I’m doing a hymn calendar for 2016. I will start on it much earlier for wholesale orders.

Kate

 

Abide with Me – January Hymn of the Month

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A few weeks ago a customer told me that she was going to teach her children the hymn from each month of the hymn calendar. I thought that was just simply amazing! Hymns are slowly fading from our Christian culture and I simply don’t want that to happen. Their words are rich and moving. Frankly I feel that most of contemporary Christian music simply lacks depth and substance. When I made the hymn calendar, I had no idea what kind of response I would have. I was hoping that I’d sell the same amount of calendars that I have in previous years. But if you’ve been following me on social media, you’ll know we were constantly SOLD OUT and having to reorder! We’re even out of stock right now and waiting for another shipment from our printer (hoping they come in on Friday). Of course I’m so thankful for sales, but I am most thankful that there are still so many people that still have a love for hymns.

Throughout this year, I want to share each month a brief history of the hymn and the hymn writer from the hymn calendar.

I simply had to use “Abide With Me” for January. It felt so fitting for such a bleak and cold month. Most of this “research” has come from the scholarly website Wikipedia. 😉

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Henry Francis Lyte by Stephen Catterson Smith

Henry Francis Lyte was born June 1, 1973, in Ednam, Scotland. He was an Anglican divine (that’s their term for clergy) serving first in Sway, then Brixham, England. . Fun fact: he married Scottish-Irish Anne Maxwell who was seven years older than him. I’m seven years older than Dave! They had two daughters and three sons. His youngest child Farnham Maxwell-Lyte was a chemist and a pioneer in photographic processing.

“Lyte was a tall and “unusually handsome” man, “slightly eccentric but of great personal charm, a man noted for his wit and human understanding, a born poet and an able scholar.” He was an expert flute player and according to his great-grandson always had his flute with him.[16] Lyte spoke Latin, Greek, and French; enjoyed discussing literature; and was knowledgeable about wild flowers.” – Wikipedia article 

He wrote the poem “Abide with me” as he was dying of tuberculosis. He finished it the Sunday, hours before his farewell sermon where he had been serving for years. The next day, he left for Ita­ly to re­gain his health. He didn’t make it, though—he died in Nice, France, three weeks af­ter writ­ing these words. He died November 20, 1847. Here is an ex­cerpt from his fare­well ser­mon:

“O breth­ren, I stand here among you to­day, as alive from the dead, if I may hope to im­press it upon you, and in­duce you to pre­pare for that sol­emn hour which must come to all, by a time­ly ac­quaint­ance with the death of Christ.”

When Hymns Ancient and Modern was published in 1861, the editor, William H. Monk—whose three-year-old daughter had just died—composed his own tune, “Eventide,” for Lyte’s poem. For over a century, the bells of his church at All Saints in Low­er Brix­ham, De­von­shire, have rung out “Abide with Me” daily. The hymn was sung at the wed­ding of King George VI, at the wed­ding of his daugh­ter, the fu­ture Queen Eliz­a­beth II, and at the funeral of Nobel peace prize winner Mother Teresa of Calcutta in 1997.

And if you haven’t heard Indelible Grace’s version of Abide with Me, then you need to do it right now. And you are gonna thank me for it. It’s simply divine. I usually tear up every time I hear it. You can listen FREE on their bandcamp site. Here is the direct link to the song sung by Matthew Perryman Jones.

And I did make a print of the hymn that you can purchase here. Or you can always buy a hymn calendar! You’re not too late! It’s just January 14th and we are going to get more in stock!

Kate

Small Business Saturday Sale

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Small Business Saturday Little Things Studio Sale

It’s amazing how fast Christmas is upon us! I am packing up for my first holiday show this weekend in Atlanta. I wanted to give all you wonderful people a heads up on this year’s Little Things Studio after Thanksgiving Sale! It’s going to be on Small Business Saturday, November 29th, starting and ending at midnight Central time.

iPhone Cases will be on sale for $20. All small and large prints will be marked 20% off. No coupon code necessary. AND you can use the coupon code “HOLLYJOLLY” for free U.S. Shipping.

For your orders to get to you in time for Christmas, Mom and I are asking for you to place U.S. orders by December 17th.  And international orders, please place orders by December 2nd. We will still be taking orders and shipping up until December 20th, but that does push it close to it making it there. We can always email you a print-out that says a package is coming so you’ll have something to wrap! The etsy shop will close on December 21st and reopen after Mom has some time to recover!

I’ve reordered more hymn calendars from my printer so hopefully that will last us until Christmas! I’m not sure if I’ll reorder more. I am now offering discounted pricing for bulk orders of 10, 15, and 20 calendars. That is the lowest price you will be able to buy the calendars. And if you want more than 20, please contact me and I’ll make you a custom listing. I can’t believe I’m even typing all of this. I am still just overwhelmed with the response to the hymns. I’m so very grateful.

I’m also releasing a new print next Saturday. I am so happy to finally have made a Southern print that I can get behind.

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Hope y’all have a wonderful Thanksgving with friends and family!

Kate