Down in the valley with my Saviour I would go

Down in the valley with my Saviour I would go. William Orcutt Cushing* (1823-1902). Written in 1878, this hymn was published in Robert Lowry*’s Good as Gold hymn book: a new collection of Sunday school songs (New York and Chicago, 1881), with a tune by Lowry entitled FOLLOW ON. Ira D. Sankey* was a great admirder of Cushing’s work: Sankey printed it in Sacred Songs and Solos (1882 edition, and subsequently), with the title ‘Follow On!’, and a quotation from John 12: 26: ‘If any man serve Me, let him follow Me’. It promises to follow Jesus through good times (verse 1, ‘Where the flowers are blooming and the sweet waters flow’) and bad times (verse 2, ‘Where the storms are sweeping and the...

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