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Charlie Baum Authorship of 'Blind Bartemus' (includes lyrics) (28) RE: Authorship of 'Blind Bartemus' 16 Apr 08


And while we're at it, we might take note of the telling of the Bartimeus story in the set of lyrics usually sung to the shape note hymn of "Villulia" (56b in the Sacred Harp):, a VERY different tune:

"Mercy, O Thou Son of David,"
Thus poor blind Bartimeus prayed,
"Others by Thy grace are saved,
Now to me afford Thine aid."

Money was not what he wanted,
Though by begging used to live;
But he asked, and Jesus granted,
Alms that none but He could give.

"Lord, remove this grievous blindness,
Let mine eyes behold the day,"
Straight he saw and, won by kindness,
Followed Jesus in the way.


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