My Breath, My Sunshine {my all in all}


Ever since the post on Blondie’s Dagwood and O Sole Mio the song Down From His Glory has been going through my head!  Today was the first day a different one popped up.

Most days find me singing it while driving the school bus.

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If you already know the history of the song, you may be excused from reading further.  I did not know it until after I wrote the post.  The song has been familiar to me since childhood as it is in Favorites #2 of the  “Singspiration” series published by Zondervan in Grand Rapids, compiled by Alfred B. Smith, in 1946.  I’d love to hear your thoughts about the song.

Down From His Glory is a song whose words and arrangement were copyrighted by William E. Booth-Clibborn in 1921.  Homer Rodeheaver owned the rights to the song.  The music is Arr. from  Eduardo di Capua’s O Sole Mio.  Same melody.  Which is one more thing from my father’s unbelieving life that points the way to praising God, because these are the words I hear when I sing the melody:

Down From His Glory

Down from His glory, ever living story, My God and Savior came, and Jesus was His name.  Born in a manger, to his own a stranger, a Man of sorrows, tears and agony.

Chorus:

O how I love Him!  How I adore Him! My breath, my sunshine, my all in all!  The great Creator became my Savior, and all God’s fullness dwelleth in Him.

What condescension, bringing us redemption; that in the dead of night, not one faint hope in sight, God, gracious, tender, laid aside His splendor, stooping to woo, to win, to save my soul.

O how I love Him!  How I adore Him!  My breath, my sunshine, my all in all!  The great Creator became my Savior, and all God’s fullness dwelleth in Him.

Without reluctance, flesh and blood His substance, He took the form of man, revealed the hidden plan.  O glorious myst’ry, sacrifice of Calv’ry, and now I know Thou art the great “I Am.”

O how I love Him!  How I adore Him!  My breath, my sunshine, my all in all!  The great Creator became my Savior, and all God’s fullness dwelleth in Him.

The words remind me of the verses in Colossians 1:19 and 2:9, where it says “For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.”

{If you prefer a more operatic version the Phillip Webb Christmas Concert at Grace Community Church is a full scale production.  And one more, an energetic version by Ken Raggio, suitable for harmonizing with.}

How fitting, for the verses in Philippians which I have memorized, Philippians 2:6-8.

 “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of man. And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”

The fulness of God in the likeness of man.  The God-servant.  Not the servant to God.  The servant to man.  If that doesn’t humble me…

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