Once was heard the songs of children

Once was heard the songs of children

Author: Howard Kinsbury
Published in 85 hymnals

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1 Once was heard the song of children
By the Saviour when on earth;
Joyful in the sacred temple
Shouts of youthful praise had birth;
And Hosannas, And Hosannas
Loud to David's Son broke forth.

2 Palms of victory strewn around Him,
Garments spread beneath His feet,
Prophet of the Lord they crowned Him,
In fair Salem's crowded street,
While Hosannas
From the lips of children greet.

3 God o'er all in heaven reigning,
We this day Thy glory sing;
Not with palms Thy pathway strewing,
We would loftier tribute bring,--
Glad Hosannas
To our Prophet, Priest, and King.

4 O, though humble is our offering,
Deign accept our grateful lays;
Those from children once proceeding
Thou didst deem "perfected praise."
Now Hosannas,
Saviour, Lord, to thee we raise.


Source: Voices of Praise: for school and church and home #72

Author: Howard Kinsbury

Kingsbury, Howard. This name is associated with the popular hymn in days gone by, "Come, let us all unite and sing, God is love!" (God is Love), but concerning the same we have failed to gain any information. We know personally that the hymn was in common use nearly forty years ago (circa 1850). --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)  Go to person page >

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First Line: Once was heard the songs of children
Author: Howard Kinsbury


Once was heard the song of children. [Palm Sunday.] This in Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, 1872, and others, is attributed in the S. MSS. to "Howard Kingsbury, 1850.”

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)




William H. Monk (PHH 332) composed CORONAE in 1871. The following year it was published in J Ireland Tucker's Hymnal with Tunes Old and New as a setting for Thomas Kelly's text "Look, ye saints, the sight is glorious." That text had "Crown him!" in each stanza, thus the title for this tune. A bar fo…

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A Hymnal and Service Book for Sunday Schools, Day Schools, Guilds, Brotherhoods, etc. #210Page Scan
A Manual of Devotion and Hymns for the House of Refuge, City of New York #96Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns: printed only for the use of the sabbath school of the Tenth Presbyterian Church, of Philadelphia #20Page Scan
Angelic Songs #d151
Anniversary and Sabbath School Hymns: or, the child's Sunday school music book. Nos. 1, 2, 3, and 4, Complete #13Page Scan
Anniversary and Sabbath School Hymns; or The Child's Sunday School Music Book #d73
Anniversary Hymns: or the Child's Sunday School Music Book Nos.1, 2, and 3 Complete #d63
Beginner and Primary Songs for use in Sunday School and the Home #48Page Scan
Crown of Gold: for Sunday schools, gospel services, revival meetings, Christian Endeavor societies, Epworth Leagues, etc. #66Page Scan
Fruits and Flowers #d110
Glad Tidings: New Hymns and Tunes for Sunday Schools #d64
Happy Voices #d153
Hymn, Tune, and Service Book for Sunday Schools #172Page Scan
Hymnal for the Sunday School #39Page Scan
Hymnal for the Sunday School. Rev. #d156
Hymns and Songs for Children's Worship, Together with Selections for Anniversary and Festive Occasions #72Page Scan
Hymns for Schools and Families #d380
Hymns for Schools and Families, Specailly Designed for the Children of the Church #404Page Scan
Hymns, Selected and Original, for Sunday Schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church #d338
Liturgy and Hymns for Sunday Schools #d121
Maynard's Sabbath School Echo. 6th ed. of Maynard's Selected Sabbath School Hymns, with an Appendix #d168
Oriola #d169
Oriola #d170
Recitations Song and Story #d65
Sabbath School Choir #d64
Sabbath School Gems #d96
Sabbath School Gems of Music and Poetry: designed expressly for the Sabbath School #71Page Scan
Sabbath-School Hymn-Book #125Page Scan
Select Songs for the Singing Service in the Prayer Meeting and Sunday School #d209
Select Songs for the Sunday School #d213
Select Sunday School Songs #d89
Song and Study for God's Little Ones: collection of songs, studies and services for primary classes and junior societies. #56Page Scan
Songs for the Sabbath School and Vestry: designed especially for the Sabbath school and concert. With original and selected music #108Page Scan
Songs for the School #d119
Sun-Shine Songs for the Sunday School #23Page Scan
Sunday School Hymn Book #d116
Sunday School Hymn Book #d328
Sunday School Hymnal #d321
Sunday School Hymnal: with offices of devotion #d134
Sunday School Service and Hymn Book arranged by the Sunday School Committee #d117
Sunday-School Hymns #81Page Scan
Sursum Corda: a book of praise #189Page Scan
The Alleluia: a collection of hymns and tunes for the church scool, and the mid-week meeting #158bPage Scan
The American Sunday-School Hymn-Book #83Page Scan
The Anniversaary and Sunday School Music Book No. 1-5 #d137
The Baptist Hymnal, for Use in the Church and Home #577Page Scan
The Baptist Hymnal. Shaped notes ed. #d456
The Book of Praise: or, Hymns for Public and Social Worship #d614
The Book of Worship #490Page Scan
The Canadian Warbler #d111
The Child's Hymn Book #11Page Scan
The Children's Church #d116
The Christian Melodist: a new collection of hymns for social religious worship #487Page Scan
The Christian Psalmist #d537
The Church Praise Book: a selection of hymns and tunes for Christian worship #557Page Scan
The Epworth Hymnal: containing standard hymns of the Church, songs for the Sunday-School, songs for social services, songs for the home circle, songs for special occasions #76Page Scan
The Gem #d115
The Hymns for the Use of Evangelical Lutheran Congregations #d390
The Hymns of "Happy Voices" (without music) #d156
The Junior Hymnal #d86
The National Baptist Hymn Book #d432
The National Baptist Hymnal: arranged for use in churches, Sunday schools, and young people's socieities (5th ed. Rev.) #544Page Scan
The New England Sabbath School Minstrel: a collection of music and hymns adapted to sabbath schools, families, and social meetings #143Page Scan
The New Sunday-School Harmonist #d67
The Sabbath Chimes #d207
The Sabbath School Bell: a new collection of choice hymns and tunes, original and standard; carefully and simply arranged as solos, duets, trios, semi-choruses and choruses, and for organ..(Enl. Ed) #75Page Scan
The Sabbath School Hymn Book #d209
The Sacred Lute #d258
The School Hymn and Tune Book #d137
The Sunday School Chant and Tune Book: a collection of canticles, hymns and carols for the Sunday schools of the Episcopal Church #52Page Scan
The Sunday School Hymnal #134Page Scan
The Sunday School Liturgy. (4th ed.) #44Page Scan
The Sunday School Service and Tune Book #23Page Scan
The Sunday-School Hymnal and Service Book (Ed. A) #242Page Scan
The Sunday-School Music Book: enlarged #60Page Scan
The Sunlight of Song #d52
The Union Harp and Revival Chorister. Rev ed. #d285
The Western Harp: a Collection of Social and Revival Hymns #d155
The Westminster Collection of Sabbath School Hymns and Tunes #d86
The Young People's Chorister: being a collection of favorite hymns and tunes for Sabbath schools and prayer meetings (New ed.) #50Page Scan
Voices of Praise: for school and church and home #72TextPage Scan
Year of Worship for Sunday Schools and Homes #46Page Scan
Young Singer's Friend: or, the Lee Avenue collection of hymns and songs, sacred and secular, suitable for Sabbath schools, social circles, children's meetings, concerts, anniversaries, etc. #28Page Scan
Youthful Voices #d169
Zion's Harp ... Sacred Songs Not Found in the Methodist Hymn Book and Many Never Before Published with Several Original Pieces #d239