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Posted:  25 Jul 2005 16:58
I'm looking for the words to a Lutheran hymn used at my granddaughter's baptism.  I believe the title is "A Borning Song".  Can you help?
Posted:  07 Feb 2007 04:34   Last Edited By: steveliu
I'm wondering if this applies. (from http://www.namethathymn.com/hymn-lyrics-detec ... )

I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry

I was there to hear your borning cry,
I'll be there when you are old.
I rejoiced the day you were baptized,
to see your life unfold.
I was there when you were but a child,
with a faith to suit you well;
In a blaze of light you wandered off
to find where demons dwell."

"When you heard the wonder of the Word
I was there to cheer you on;
You were raised to praise the living Lord,
to whom you now belong.
If you find someone to share your time
and you join your hearts as one,
I'll be there to make your verses rhyme
from dusk 'till rising sun.

In the middle ages of your life,
not too old, no longer young,
I'll be there to guide you through the night,
complete what I've begun.
When the evening gently closes in,
and you shut your weary eyes,
I'll be there as I have always been
with just one more surprise.

I was there to hear your borning cry,
I'll be there when you are old.
I rejoiced the day you were baptized,
to see your life unfold.
Posted:  17 Oct 2007 03:39
This is the exact song I was looking for. Thank you.
Posted:  29 Nov 2008 23:29
Anybody know where I can get free or cheap sheet music to this song?  I absolutely love it!
Posted:  05 Jan 2009 23:51
If you can find a copy of the New Century Hymnal you'll find it there- #351
Posted:  06 Jan 2009 10:08
i love this song... i sung it at my nephews baptismal. and it was sung at my grandmothers funeral. its a great song for any event
Posted:  06 Jan 2009 16:12
This hymn is getting to be a standard now.  It can be found in the UMC supplemental hymnal--The Faith We Sing, as well as the Presbyterian supplemental --Sing the Faith, and the Lutheran hymnal---With One Voice.  It's been arranged for handbells, too.  I like to use it for baptisms and this week will use it for Baptism of Our Lord.  It is also good for Confirmation.
Posted:  27 Mar 2009 18:10
Thank you for all your postings.  A dear friend just called from out of town where she is helping to arrange the funeral service for a loved one.  The death was quite sudden, so she didn't have time to go to her home church for a hymnal.  Your information will hopefully be enough for her to track down the music locally. On a different note, we even considered using this at our daughter's wedding, but she opted for "All Creatures of Our God and King."  I agree that it is a piece that works for many occasions.
Posted:  30 May 2009 07:22
This hymn is great. It was sung at my great-grandmother's funeral a few months back and I think of the lyrics qutie often. It is really, very touching.
Posted:  29 Jun 2009 20:51
i have to sing this song for my cousins wedding.
this is an amazing song!
Posted:  08 Jul 2009 22:49
Can I print a copy of the music for this song?
Posted:  27 Jul 2009 23:17
I'm wondering if anyone knows of a good CD with this song on it.  It was sung at my daughter's baptism and I love it.  I haven't been able to find anything other than something from St. Olaf, which is no longer being produced.
Posted:  17 Sep 2009 06:43
I'm singing this song at my niece's baptism this weekend and I just love it! I just hope I don't cry while I'm singing though. It's a beautiful song and I'm proud to be singing it!
Posted:  22 Oct 2009 04:02
this song is beautiful! i  heard it at a funeral...and it just brought me to tears
Posted:  08 Nov 2009 03:51
Exactly what I was looking for!
Posted:  09 Jan 2010 05:58
I teach this contemporary hymn during my "Hymns for All Seasons" workshop at Epworth By The Sea in St. Simons GA each March.  I originally found it in the Episcopal supplement, and it has now found its way into several mainline denominations and non-denominational churches as well.  Sure speaks volumes about Our Lord remaining with us from birth to Everlasting Life!
Posted:  10 Jan 2010 21:04
I have been involved in music most of my life, since I was about 6  ... I'm now 53. I majored in music in college, and have sung in church choirs galore, community choruses, women's vocal ensembles, I do lots of solo work, perform for all kinds of funerals, baptisms, weddings, military ceremonies, etc., and have even recorded TWO CDs of my own ..... and I had NEVER heard of this hymn until a few days ago! That is simply amazing to me, that in all these years, after having worshipped in a Baptist, a Presbytrian and now a long-time Methodist church, that I've never known this song. I'd love to make a soundtrack, to use it at future events for which I'll sing. Anyone know where the accompaniment track is available, or at least a recording so I can hear the melody and can record it on my own. I play by ear, so sheet music is not necessary ... but I don't even know how the tune goes. I love the words, and I'm sure I could use it for all kinds of events. Thank you.
Posted:  28 Jan 2010 20:41
To prazsong:
I don't know if an accompaniment track is available...I would search on iTunes. When I did a google search, a link on YouTube came up but that site is blocked at my work so I can't check that out for you. The text and music is by John Ylvisaker and here is a link for a copy of the sheet music:
http://www.ylvisaker.com/zencart/index.php?ma ...
Posted:  10 Mar 2010 02:17
Jay Beech's Baytone music has this as an mp3 download or on a cd.   This song always brings tears to my eyes.
Posted:  03 May 2010 08:27
I am glad I ran into this as I had a family get baptized today and I was baptized and this was my song that is now their song!
Posted:  08 May 2010 17:59
My son is being confirmed in the Lutheran Church.  He is playing this song on his tenor saxophone for his faith statement.
Posted:  04 Jun 2010 04:24
6/3/2010 Pastor Palmer Clemmer the former senior pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Hendersonville NC is the first person I ever heard sing this. He sang along with playing his guitar. He is now retired in Hendersonville Tenn and he has a wonderful voice. Barbara Nemec
Posted:  07 Aug 2010 16:32
Does anyone know where I can get guitar chords for this song?
Posted:  25 Sep 2010 22:25
my son is going into the Marines in a few weeks.  I find peace in the lyrics and know that God will take care of him, as He has done since the beginning of his life.
Posted:  17 Jan 2011 04:35
This is one of the most amazing songs ever. (The other is in the Christian Worship, #497 This is my will)  We sang "Borning Cry" at my best friend's dad's funeral. He used to love this song, and I swear I saw him smile from the casket.
Posted:  22 Feb 2011 00:50
Anyone know of a good CD version with a male voice?
Posted:  20 Mar 2011 18:12
United Church hymnal has this song
Posted:  24 Mar 2011 23:41
The song might be many things, but it is neither Lutheran nor Christian. According to Holy Scripture, Baptism is not the unfolding of our own natural life, rather, it is the death of that which is already in us, sin and death. And the song says nothing about what the Christian faith is all about, sin and mercy, or the Son of God crucified to bear the judgement of God for our sin and rescue us from eternal death and damnation.
Posted:  09 May 2011 19:25
The song is about Jesus being with you from your first cry at birth to your last days on Earth.  It is not saying that baptism is an unfolding of one's life, but that at the person's baptism, their rebirth into Christ, Jesus was there to see their new life unfold into the ups and downs of life.  The point being that Jesus was always there.
Posted:  23 Jun 2011 17:43
We sing this song at every Baptism for our Moravian Church. I can never get though it without tears. LOVE IT!
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