Mary Rowlandson

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ABOUT:

The next song “Mary Rowlandson” uses words from "The Sovereignty and Goodness of God: Being a Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration" of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson. It was so terrifying what she went through and this song attempts to express her fears and her experience in a song. As you listen imagine you're in the woods in 1675 and you are witnessing a Native American raid.

Fact:
Mary Rowlandson was saved by her husband when he paid King Phillip for her safe return.

LYRICS:

Oh! the wonderfull power of God that mine eyes have seen,
Now when others are sleeping mine eyes are weeping.
I have seen the extreme vanity of this World :
One hour I have been in health, and wealth, But the next hour in sickness and wounds.

For my poor children and I in 1675 were stole away
From our home in Lancaster by Indian raiders.
I was shot and my babe was done the same as I,
Their weapons; they were glittering and I felt myself trembling with fear.

So with my spirit and my child
I descend
on foot to fend
for the time into the wilderness.

Refrain thy voice from weeping,
And thine eyes from tears,
For thy work shall be rewarded,
And they shall come again
From the land of the Enemy

Thus nine dayes I went
With my moaning wounded child, until she passed away
She’s buried up on the hill (her little body resting still)
In some unnamed forest.

Whither I go,
I go mourning all the day long.
But God sent me blessing – it’s a torn and tattered bible
And it teaches me lessons.

So with my spirit and my child
I descend
on foot to fend
for the time into the wilderness.

Refrain thy voice from weeping,
And thine eyes from tears,
For thy work shall be rewarded,
And they shall come again
From the land of the Enemy

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from From Source to Sea, released September 25, 2012
Words and narrative by Mary Rowlandson from "The Sovereignty and Goodness of God: Being a Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration" and from the Bible.

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Honey and the Sting Middletown, Connecticut

Honey and the Sting is a group formed at Wesleyan University in 2012 and currently based in Philadelphia, PA. The groups first LP "From Source to Sea" is a musical journey along the Connecticut River. The group has continued to perform post-college in festivals and house shows. Honey and the Sting is Sam Long, Mel Hsu, Jess Best, Gemma Smith, and Howe Pearson. ... more

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