Hymn & History
Proverbs 17:17

”Lily of the Valley”

By Charles W. Fry, 1881


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Hymn Lyrics

THE LYRICS ~ “The Lilly of the Valley”  

I’ve found a friend in Jesus, He’s everything to me,
He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul;
The Lily of the Valley, in Him alone I see
All I need to cleanse and make me fully whole.
In sorrow He’s my comfort, in trouble He’s my stay;
He tells me every care on Him to roll.

He’s the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star,
He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.

He all my grief has taken, and all my sorrows borne;
In temptation He’s my strong and mighty tow’r;
I’ve all for Him forsaken, and all my idols torn
From my heart and now He keeps me by His pow’r.
Though all the world forsake me, and Satan tempt me sore,
Through Jesus I shall safely reach the goal.

He’ll never, never leave me, nor yet forsake me here,
While I live by faith and do His blessed will;
A wall of fire about me, I’ve nothing now to fear,
From His manna He my hungry soul shall fill.
Then sweeping up to glory to see His blessed face,
Where rivers of delight shall ever roll.

The Author of the Hymn

THE AUTHOR ~ Charles W. Fry

Born: May 30, 1838, Alderbury, Wiltshire, England.

Died: August 24, 1882, Park Hall, Polmont, Stirlingshire, Scotland.

A bricklayer by trade, like his father, Fry was a versatile musician, playing the violin, cello, piano, cornet, and harmonium, and leading an orchestra and band at the Wesleyan chapel in Alderbury. He also helped the Christian Mission in Salisbury, and his family band accompanied Salvation Army founder William Booth in evangelism campaigns.

History of Hymn

THE HISTORY ~ “The Lilly of The Valley” 

Written by Charles W. Fry during one of his performance for the Salvation Army.

He and his family were members of the Salvation Army organization owned by William Booth which then was in crisis. It was recorded that Mr. Fry did not like the abuse he saw heralded at the Salvation Army when they established the ministry in 1878 Salisbury, where the Fry family lived and worked as a bricklayer. Mr. Fry and his three sons offered to serve as bodyguards for the Salvation Army workers. It was recorded as witnessed “the next day the four men arrived with their weapons. These weapons consisted of two cornets, a trombone and a small tuba in between fighting off the troublemakers. The fry men played and their music attracted the crowd for the preachers (workers of Salvation Army). This was the first Salvation Army brass band with Mr. Fry as the leader of the band as inscribed on his grave stone.

The lily of the valley was coiled from the understanding Mr. Fry received from a meditation on the book of song of Solomon 2:1 < I am the rose of Sharon, the lily of the valley …>. He used this verse of the scripture as a focus to relate the message of the preacher William Booth to the people during the protests of 1881. After reading those words of the scripture, Mr. Fry wrote about a personal, intimate relationship with Jesus. 

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