The Lord Will Provide


Another rousing Ballamy derived song, in this case a hymn and Jon Says, “One of the highlights of the Both Sides Then album with the Watersons and Anthea Bellamy chipping in with some pretty scary harmonies.” The words come form the same pen as Amazing Grace, John Newton and as you’ll see on Mainly Norfolk even Bellamy is confused about his source for this. This link gives the date as 1779 and has the full eight verses. Newton himself is another incredible character, a slave trader who spent some years as a slave himself (the biter bit), but eventually became a radical, evangelical preacher and ultimately denounced slavery. Although that final act of conscience came, by his own admission, regrettably late in life, he was none the less an effective voice, joining William Wiberforce and living to see the successful passing of the Slave Trade Act. Here’s the Wiki page on him.

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10 Responses to “The Lord Will Provide”

  1. Jan says:

    I can’t believe nobody has made a comment on this one! Well, I liked it – but then I always did like a good him (or do I mean hymn?)

  2. Jane Ramsden says:

    Sunday – maybe they were all in church, Jon? Or playing out! 3 people liked it on FaceBook, so someone was paying attention. I like the Baptist feel of it, and the strength of the repeat line ‘The Lord will provide.’ Well sung!

  3. Brian says:

    To be honest I have had enough religion pushed down my throat in the last few days with the visit of the pope. So this was the last straw.

  4. Judith Parker says:

    Well I loved this. Sometimes a song will just get to you and transport you back in time. Whether it’s the tune, words or singer that does it I don’t know but this did it for me. Thanks Jon!

  5. George says:

    Wonderful, indeed. But as Jon observes, the harmonies on the Peter Bellamy version are amazing. In fact I kept expecting them to come in!!
    Both Sides Now should be in everyone’s collection! See

  6. Diana says:

    Sorry to say I did not care for this one.

  7. Gary says:

    Matthew Smith recorded a wonderful version of “The Lord Will Provide”,

  8. Jane (Maryland) says:

    I agree this is wonderful. The Peter Bellamy version with harmonies is on YouTube

  9. OldMuzza(NWSurrey UK) says:

    Ha….Just listened to the Peter Bellamy youtube version as linked by Jane(Maryland) above.
    Couldn’t understand a word….the old glottal stop certainly reared it’s head
    Sorry to hear that Roger Whittacker. (he of the last Farewell and Durham town) has died aged 87.

  10. Linda says:

    Really loved Roger Whittaker’s Durham Town and Farewell

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