Daisies are our silver

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Re: Daisies are our silver

by Happyjay » Sun Oct 18, 2020 11:12 am

Wonderful to read!
I have sung this all my life to myself, but I seem to break into emotion when I try to sing it to others!! It’s so honest, innocent and joyful!
Thankyou to everyone for sharing your memories and all the information about this lovely hymn.

Re: Daisies are our silver

by Juls SwasT » Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:04 am

I have been searching for these lyrics for years and just when I mention to my friend that I cannot find them anywhere - up pops this post! Divine? We sang all but the last verse as our music teacher didn’t like the word “gay” - but refused to change it for another word. Didn’t realise the lady who wrote this also wrote my other favourite hymns - When a Knight won his spurs and Lord of all hopefulness. Thank you so much for this thread. Amazing.

Re: Daisies are our silver

by Gill » Tue Dec 31, 2019 12:54 pm

Thank you very much Keith for all the information about Joyce Anstruther.

Re: Daisies are our silver

by Gill » Tue Dec 31, 2019 12:18 pm

Thanks for the complete version.
Who wrote this hymn?

Re: Daisies are our silver

by victella » Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:37 pm

Every year when the daisies and buttercups cover my lawn I recall the first couple of lines of this lovely children's hymn, learnt and sung at infant school way back at the end of the fifties. At church this morning a friend mentioned how pretty the same two flowers looked on the grave yard lawns and I mentioned the hymn, Neither she nor her husband, both in their seventies, recalled having heard it. I came home and googled it and you popped up. So, as we have a very up and coming parents' and toddlers group I've jotted down the words to give to our minister, in the hope we might be able to sing it too.
Thank you so much for being able to provide this information and assure me I hadn't dreamed it.

Re: Daisies are our silver

by Humboles » Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:32 pm

J(oyce) Anstruther, aka Jan Struther [1901-53], is remembered both for her novel Mrs. Miniver which won 6 Oscars as a film with Grier Garson in the eponymous role, and because she authored several hymns for children, including Lord of All Hopefulness, When a Knight Won His Spurs (my favourite), and this one, Daisies are Our Silver. She was apparently "warm and witty" and these uplifting songs to some extent belied the depression their author endured in her late forties. The hymns resulted from an approach by Canon Percy Dearmer of Westminster Abbey, who was Words Editor of the enlarged edition of "Songs of Praise" published in 1931 by OUP. She was both a church-goer and an agnostic, apparently, and died of the complications of breast cancer at only 53. ... Keith H.

Re: Daisies are our silver

by p wadhams » Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:33 pm

This is truly amazing. The verse starting "Raindrops are our diamonds" sticks in my mind from primary school (in the mid 1950s) and comes to the fore
whenever I see raindrops on leaves. A lovely hymn. I had forgotten all the rest but thanks to Google and this site all is recovered. Thank you.

Daisies are our silver

by Guest » Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:05 pm

I am so happy to know that so many people love this charming hymn that l have remembered since my junior school and Sunday school in the 50's.
I honestly think l have tried to live up to the sentiments all my life and tried to instil the values in my children albeit not in any religious way.

Daisies are our silver

by Guest » Sun Nov 13, 2016 4:25 pm

This hymn plays in my head frequently from my primary school days in the 70's. I googled the first line in the hope of finding the other verses and I only sing verse one over and over in my mind so now can at least commit a couple more verses to memory. Very nostalgic, I played the recorder in school assemblies too and can still play this hymn without seeing the music! Lovely.

Daisies are our silver

by Guest » Fri Jun 17, 2016 12:12 pm

Many happy memories of my Sunday School days.
How simple and innocent they sound to today's society and it's values.

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