Long ago and far away (Fill the Cup)

Long ago and far away (Fill the Cup). Pat Mayberry* (1950– ).  This song was composed in 2000. It was recorded by children on the album Kids Songs for Choirs and Congregations (2004). The editorial note under this song in More Voices (2007) identifies it as a ‘communion song for all ages.’ It is written with children in mind yet possesses a depth of imagery that also nourishes adult spirits.  The song begins with the textual formula of countless traditional stories for children: ‘Long ago and far away’. Stanzas 1 and 2 are in the third person as Jesus gathers the children together, speaks of Love (capitalized in the song), heals the ‘sick and the fearful and lonely’, and tells ‘stories of...

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