I Wonder

Here is a lovely rendition of this song by the amazing Voces8. This song asks a question and leaves its hearers to answer.

Collected by John Jacob Niles in Murphy, NC in July 1933 from a young traveling evangelist Annie Morgan. According to Niles, he asked her to sing the song repeatedly until he had memorized it. It was published in his 1934 Songs of the Hill-Folk. Written in a minor key, it’s qualities of pensiveness make it one of today’s most popular carols. — from Wikipedia

I wonder as I wander out under the sky,
How Jesus the Savior did come for to die.
For poor on’ry people like you and like I…
I wonder as I wander out under the sky.

When Mary birthed Jesus ’twas in a cow’s stall,
With wise men and farmers and shepherds and all.
But high from God’s heaven a star’s light did fall,
And the promise of ages it then did recall.

If Jesus had wanted for any wee thing,
A star in the sky, or a bird on the wing,
Or all of God’s angels in heav’n for to sing,
He surely could have it, ’cause he was the King.

I wonder as I wander out under the sky,
How Jesus the Savior did come for to die.
For poor on’ry people like you and like I…
I wonder as I wander out under the sky
.

Jesus’ beginnings seemed humble. He was born in a barn, humble and unknown, but for the rare ones who were attuned to Almighty God’s announcement of His birth.

In the third stanza comes the point: If Jesus had wanted to command all the angels of heaven to sing, he could have done so, and the whole heavens-full must have obeyed.

He was The King.

Then the singer returns to wondering. I love that the singer challenges the hearers to answer the question for themselves!

Why would the King of the Universe have to die? Why did He do that?

How will you answer that question?

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