Count the Benefits – Name them One by One!

Back in 1897, Johnson Oatman, Jr. and Edwin O. Excell created a catchy tune called Count your blessings!      The verses go,
 
When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
 
The song reminds me how discouraged people get in Newburyport especially in a tough economy as we are in, harsh New England winters and the fact we are way too close to the commercial sirens of New Hampshire.      After a while, you just get beaten down and you forget what a special place is Newburyport.
 
One of those special things is our historic architecture.        Turns out it’s not only a treasure, its a resource for producing many benefits.
 
Hoping the late Mr. Oatman will pardon me, I am hoping to hear this song redone in the near future with this lovely refrain:
 
Count your benefits, name them one by one,
Count your benefits, see what an LHD has done!
 
There are so many surprisingly good things that Newburyport will receive as a city, the residents will receive individually and the region will absorb.        As we have some Hill Williams* who will question the benefit of an LHD in the coming year, I will bring out my large list and start recounting how many there truly are!
 
-P. Preservationist
 
* A Hill William is a hillbilly who has moved into the city.
 
 
 
 
 
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About P. Preservationist

Dedicated to the Enrichment & Preservation of Newburyport
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