Oct 27, 2012
Hymn : Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus |
Music & Lyrics : HELEN H. LEMMEL
Story Behind this song:
Helen Howarth Lemmel was born in England in 1863, into the home of a Wesleyan minister who immigrated to America when Helen was a child. She loved music, and her parents provided the best vocal teachers they could find. Eventually Helen returned to Europe to study vocal music in Germany. In time, she married a wealthy European, but he left her when she became blind, and Helen struggled with multiple heartaches during midlife.
At age 55, Helen hears a statement that deeply impressed her: “SO THEN, TURN YOUR EYES UPON HIM, LOOK FULL INTO HIS FACE AND YOU WILL FIND THAT THE THINGS ON EARTH WILL ACQUIRE A STRANGE NEW DIMNESS.”
“I STOOD STILL,” Helen later said, “AND SINGING IN MY SOUL AND SPIRIT WAS THE CHORUS, WITH NOT ONE CONSCIOUS MOMENT OF PUTTING WORD TO WORD TO MAKE RHYME, OR NOTE TO NOTE TO MAKE MELODY. THE VERSES WERE WRITTEN THE SAME WEEK, AFTER THE USUAL MANNER OF COMPOSITION, BUT NONETHELESS DICTATED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT.”