'I know that my Redeemer liveth' was Jenny Lind's, the Swedish Nightingale's, favorite text. The words are inscribed on her tomb at Great Malvern Cemetery. In the 'Messiah' this was the part she loved so passionately to sing. Born in Sweden in 1820, she became the 'queen of song', 'the slim girl with the marvelous voice'. She wrote to Professor Blackie the following words: 'My unceasing prayer is that what I give to my fellows may continue to live on through eternity, and that the Giver of the gift, and not the creature to whom He lent it, may be praised.' Asked why she abandoned the stage at the very height of her success, she replied, laying her finger on the Bible, 'When every day it made me think less of this, what could I do?'
(Ruth 4. 4-6; Job 19. 25; 1 Pet. 1. 18)