Lewis Hartsough

Lewis Hartsough
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Short Name: Lewis Hartsough
Full Name: Hartsough, Lewis, 1828-1919
Birth Year: 1828
Death Year: 1919

Hartsough, Lewis, was born at Ithaca, New York, Aug. 31, 1823. Of his hymns the following are in common use:—-
1. I hear Thy welcome voice. The Divine Invitation.
2. In the rifted Rock I'm resting. Safety in Jesus.
3. Lead me to the Rock that's higher. Safety in Jesus.
4. O who'll stand up for Jesus? All for Jesus
Nos. 1-3 are in I. D. Sankey's Sacred Songs & Solos, 1878 (1 and 3 with music by Hartsough).

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

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Hartsough, Lewis, p. 1569, ii. Mr. Hartsough entered the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1851, and is now (1905) residing in Mount Vernon, Indiana. He was musical editor of J. Hillman's Revivalist, Troy, 1868, and co-editor of The Sacred Harmonist, Boston, 1864, and Beulah Songs, Phila., 1879. In addition to the hymns named on p. 1569, ii., "Let me go where saints are going" [Heav'n desired] (1861) has come into common use. It appeared in W. B. Bradbury's Clarion, 1867, p. 83. Concerning his hymn, "I hear Thy welcome voice," Mr. Sankey says in his My Life and Sacred Songs, 1906, p. 11(3:—

The words and music of this beautiful hymn were first published in a monthly, entitled, Guide to Holiness, a copy of which was sent to me in England. I immediately adopted it, and had it published in Sacred Songs and Solos. It proved to be one of the most helpful of the revival hymns, and was often used as an invitation hymn in England and America."

[Rev. L. F. Benson, D.D.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)

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Hartsough, Lewis. (August 31, 1823--January 1, 1919). Details of his early life are lacking. After being admitted to the Oneida, New York, Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1851 and serving several pastorates in that state, his health failed and he went to Utah where he was influential in establishing the Utah Mission, later becoming its superintendent. Upon relinquishing that position he moved to Mt. Vernon, Iowa, where he spent the remainder of his life. Bird's statement that he lived in Indiana is erroneous. He was minister of the South Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Utica, New York, when he first became associated with Joseph Hillman, who chose him to act as musical editor of The Revivalist, a gospel hymn book which went through eleven editions in five years, 1868-1872. This book had a remarkable sale and was doubtless used in more churches during the 1870s than any other of similar character. To it the Reverend Hartsough contributed, in one edition, twelve texts, fourteen tunes, and thirty arrangements of tunes, several of the latter being of the religio-folk variety which had been so popular in the early camp meetings. It is a valuable source work.

"I love to think of the heavenly land" (p.1573) is by Hartsough. "I hear thy welcome voice (p.1569), originally in six four-line stanzas, with Refrain, in full S/1931; with the first three stanzas, slightly emended, Brethren/1951; with stanzas 1, 2, 3, and 5, also emended, in Hymns of the Living Faith, 1951. Writeen in 1872 with musical settings by the author, it is the only one of his many songs which has continued in use.

Source: Metcalf, Frank J. American Writers and Compilers of Sacred Music; several editions of The Revivalist.

--Robert G. McCutchan, DNAH Archives


Texts by Lewis Hartsough (56)sort descendingAsInstances
A hundred years, a hundred years, And lo, theLewis Hartsough (Author)2
And did my Sovereign dieLewis Hartsough (Author)2
Blessed angels are around meRev. L Hartsough (Author)3
Come friends and neighbors comeLewis Hartsough (Author)2
Come, this poor heart of mineLewis Hartsough (Author)5
Coming to Jesus as I amL. Hartsough (Author)2
Create in me, Lord, a new heart and all cleanRev. L. Hartsough (Author)4
Earth's but a stormy battle fieldRev. L. Hartsough (Author)1
Ein Gnadenruf ertöntLewis Hartsough (Author)5
He wills that I should holy beLewis Hartsough (Author)1
Hebt mich hoeher, hebt mich hoeher aus der SundeLewis Hartsough (Author)1
How beautiful the flowersRev. L. H. (Author)3
How bright the hope that Calvary bringsRev. L. Hartsough (Author)25
I bring you tidings of great joyLewis Hartsough (Author)11
I bring you good tidings of great joyRev. L. Hartsough (Author)2
I cling, dear Lord, to theeRev. L. Hartsough (Author)3
I do not want one thought, dear LordRev. L. Hartsough (Author)2
I have loved ones before the white throneLewis Hartsough (Author)6
I hear thy welcome voiceLewis Hartsough (Author)554
I love to sing of Heav'nL. Hartsough (Author)42
I love to think of the heavenly landLewis Hartsough (Author)30
I read of a world of gladnessRev. L. Hartsough (Author)1
I shall know thee in the morningLewis Hartsough (Author)2
I will sing of a way most royalRev. L. Hartsough (Author)1
I'm saved, and my soul is in wonderRev. L. Hartsough (Author)1
In the morning of the wakingRev. L. Hartsough (Author)2
In the presence of Jesus my soul takes delightLewis Hartsough (Author)2
In the rifted rock I'm resting Sure and safeLewis Hartsough (Author)28
Jesus calls me, I am goingLewis Hartsough (Author)12
Jesus now pleads with gentle voiceLewis Hartsough (Author)4
Jesus, the wonderful, the gift of God's great loveLewis Hartsough (Author)4
Ke lohe nei no auLewis L. Hartsough, 1844-1932 (Author)3
Lead me to the Rock that's higherRev. L. Hartsough (Author)4
Let me go where saints are goingRev. L. Hartsough (Author)43
Let nothing divide us, dear SaviorRev. L. Hartsough (Author)2
Life's a field where armies battleRev. L. Hartsough (Author)2
Listen to the whisperingsRev. L. Hartsough (Author)4
Mi glywaf dyner laisRev. Lewis Hartsough (Author)4
My all to Christ I've givenLewis Hartsough (Author)2
My faltering feet no safety knowRev. L. Hartsough (Author)3
Njay reko Tompo o!L. Hartsough (Author)2
None other now but JesusLewis Hartsough (Author)4
O have you not heard of that realm of delightRev. L. Hartsough (Author)11
O Jesus, delight of my soulLewis Hartsough (Author)5
O Jesus, delight of my soul My Savior, my Shepherd divineLewis Hartsough (Author)32
O who will stand up for JesusLewis Hartsough (Author)2
O who'll stand up for JesusRev. L. Hartsough (Author)31
Only in the heaven above usRev. L. Hartsough (Author)1
Raise me higher raise me higherRev. L. Hartsough (Author)2
Robed and ready, pressing homewardRev. L. Hartsough (Author)3
Rum is the children's foeLewis Hartsough (Author)2
The King in his beauty, with tenderest careL. Hartsough (Author)2
The Master is come and he calleth for theeRev. L. Hartsough (Author)1
The morning light is breaking, The darkness disappearsLewis Hartsough (Author)1
The war is almost ended now I'm near the river'sLewis Hartsough (Author)3
Yo escucho, buen JesúsLewis Hartsough (Author)6

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