The Voices of D.L. Moody, Ira Sankey, Harry Ironside and others (12 min)

The Voices of D.L. Moody, Ira Sankey, Harry Ironside and others (12 min)

This is a recording with a difference!

Anecdotes about the hymns, writings and experiences of the likes of Moody, Sankey, Ironside and Spurgeon are occasionally heard in sermons on this site. A handful of very old recordings of these men have been preserved. They make for interesting listening. This recording includes the following:

0.01-0.49 min
D.L. Moody (1837-1899), quoting the beatitudes from Matthew’s gospel.

0.50-2.58 min
Ira Sankey (1840-1908), singing “God be with you till we meet again”, in a recording made in 1899.

2.59-6.36 min
Harry Ironside (1876-1951), narrating the conversion of a man he met on a train.

6.37-9.25 min
Charles M. Alexander (1867-1920), singing Charles Gabriel’s “glory song” in a recording made in 1905.

9.26-11.53 min
Thomas Spurgeon (1856-1917) reading, in 1904, a passage from the last sermon preached by his late father C.H. Spurgeon (1834-1892) in the Metropolitan Tabernacle, London, on 7th June 1891. No recordings of C.H. Spurgeon were ever made, but his son Thomas had an almost identical voice. So, in 1904, Edison-Bell Record Company persuaded Thomas to read a portion from his father’s final sermon so that listeners might hear the nearest thing to C.H. Spurgeon’s voice. Here is the passage from C.H. Spurgeon’s final sermon in the Metropolitan Tabernacle that Thomas recites:

“If you wear the livery of Christ, you will find Him so meek and lowly of heart that you will find rest unto your souls. He is the most magnanimous of captains. There never was His like among the choicest of princes. He is always to be found in the thickest part of the battle. When the wind blows cold He always takes the bleak side of the hill. The heaviest end of the cross lies ever on His shoulders. If He bids us carry a burden, He carries it also. If there is anything that is gracious, generous, kind, and tender, yea lavish and superabundant in love, you always find it in Him. His service is life, peace, joy. Oh, that you would enter on it at once! God help you to enlist under the banner of Jesus Christ!”