DHSP1850 - date accurate?

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Here's another suspect hymnal date: Devotional Hymns is dated 1850 with no internal evidence that I could find. It includes O Word of God Incarnate, elsewhere documented as written in 1867.


This date is not accurate. The hymnal does not have a date in it. According to the preface, the hymnal was made specially for the use of the First Independent Christian Church of Philadelphia. The church had this name from 1851 to 1897. Given the date of "O Word of God Incarnate" and other hymns, the hymnal would have been published sometime between about 1870 to 1897. My best guess would be 1880.