This week’s song is entitled, “Love at Home”. Click here for music.
Scriptures for this song:
Mosiah 2:17, 41
1 Peter 3: 9-12
Text and music by John Hugh McNaughton (1829-1891)
The story behind the song:
I found it interesting to note that this hymn was very popular until about the 1950's when it started to be dropped from many denominations hymnals. Today, there are hardly any churches that still include it. It is, however, relatively popular in Japan for weddings that want to emulate the western style.
John McNaughton lived in Caledonia, New York, a town close to Rochester. John was called 'The Poet McNaughton' because he composed many popular songs in his day. He wrote one other song that was as famous as 'Love at Home'. It was a song about Union soldiers that had been taken prisoner during the Civil War. A famous singing trio recorde the song and brought it fame.
I am doing a little research online to find these things out. I also have a book entitled "Our Latter-day Hymns The Stories and the Messages" by Karen Lynn Davidson from which I am finding information on these songs. If you want more info, the aforementioned book and the Internet search engines can get you much more than the little bit I shared.