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The Great Speckled Bird
What a beautiful thought I am thinking
Concerning a great speckle bird
Remember her name is recorded
On the pages of God's Holy Word

With all the other birds flocking 'round her
She is so despised by the squad
The great speckle bird in the Bible
Representing the great church of God

Desiring to lower her standard
They watch every move that she makes
They long to find fault with her teachings
But really they find no mistake

I am glad I have learned of her meekness
I am proud that my name is on her book
For I want to be one never fearing
The face of my Savior to look

When He cometh descending from heaven
On the cloud that He writes in His Word
I'll be joyfully carried to meet Him
On the wings of that great speckle bird


Lyrics by:

Guy Smith, 1936


  • The composer of the tune, which is a traditional melody, is unknown.
  • The original version of the lyrics has an additional three stanzas. Roy Acuff only occasionally sang the second stanza listed here.
  • The image of the speckled bird is taken from Jeremiah 12:9, "Mine heritage is unto me as a speckled bird, the birds round about are against her; come ye, assemble all the beasts of the field, come to devour."

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