James R. Murray

James R. Murray
Short Name: James R. Murray
Full Name: Murray, James R. (James Ramsey), 1841-1905
Birth Year: 1841
Death Year: 1905

L.P.M. (1905, April 12). Obituary. New Church Messenger, p.209.

Murray.--At Cincinnati, March 10, 1905, James Ramsey Murray. Funeral services in the Church of the New Jersualem, March 13th.

James R. Murray was widely known in the musical world as the author of many songs and song books, and in the New Church in Chicago and Cincinnati as an affectionate, intelligent, and loyal New Churchman.

He was born in Andover (Ballard Vale), Mass., March 17, 1841. In early life he developed musical talent, and composed many minor pieces for local and special occasions. Later at North Reading, Mass., he attended Dr. George F. Root's School of Music, and was associated with William Bradbury and Dr. Lowell Mason. He enlisted in the Fourteenth Regiment of infantry, commonly known as the Essex County Regiment, and afterwards was changed to the First Regiment, Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, which was engaged in most of the battles fought by the Second Army Corps up to the surrender of General Lee.

"Daisy Deane," the first and most popular of his early song successes, was composed in 1863 in Virginia while in camp, words by his cousin, Thomas F. Winthrop. This song is known all over the world, and the Salvation Army is using an arrangement of it for one of their war cry songs.

In 1868 Mr. Murray married Isabella Maria Taylor of Andover; and they removed to Chicago. Here three children were born to them, two passing early to their heavenly home, the youngest, Winthrop Root Murray, is still living. It was during these first years in Chicago that Mr. and Mrs. Murray became interested in the New Church, while he was engaged with Root and Cady as editor of the Long Visitor, afterwards merged with the Musical Visitor. After the great fire of 1871 Mr. and Mrs. Murray returned East, where he was engaged in teaching in Lawrence and Andover, and as organist at the Old South Church in Andover. In 1881 they removed to Cincinnati and Mr. Murray became the editor of the Musical Viistor [sic] and head of the publication department of the John Church Company. Among the most popular of his books are "Pure Diamonds," "Royal Gems," "The Prize" and "Murray's Sacred Songs." The following titles will recall some of his best loved sacred songs: "At Last," "Calm on the Listening Ear of Night," "I Shall Be Satisfied," "There Shall No Evil Befall Thee," "Thine, O Lord, Is the Greatness," "The Way Was Mine," "How Beautiful Upon the Mountains," "Angels from the Realms of Glory."

His last great labor in the publishing department of the John Church Company was the seeing through the press five volumes of Wagner's music dramas, with full score and original German text, and an English translation. The immense and careful labor involved in the preparation of these volumes, with a really smooth and excellent English translation, had perhaps, as it was done under pressure, something to do with Mr. Murray's breakdown. Although for some reason Mr. Murray's name does not appear on the title page of these volumes, his friends knew of the place the work held in his affections and ambition.

Mr. Murray was a member of the Church Council of the Cincinnati Society for the last four years and took a deep interest in the building of the New Church, and in the inauguration of services, with all the changes looking to the improvement of the musical part of the service. The vested choir, organized by Mr. and Mrs. Lawson, which Mr. Murray as councilman had urged from the beginning, in their entrance to the church each Sunday singing the processional hymn participated in the funeral service, with a congregation of brethren and friends, all moved by deep love and profound respect for the consistent life and faith of a worthy Churchman and beloved friend.

--DNAH Archives


For a discussion of Murray and the tune MUELLER, see: Stulken, M.K. (1981). Hymnal companion to the Lutheran Book of Worship. Philadelphia : Fortress Press, p.170.


Also available in the DNAH Archives:
1. An excerpt from Christie, George A. (1927). New Free Church. In Music in Andover. Papers read at "Fagot Party" of the Andover Natural History Society.

2. Unsourced essay about Murray written soon after his death, likely from Andover, Mass., perhaps authored by Charlotte Helen Abbott.

Texts by James R. Murray (96)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
سبحوا الربا من سماء المجد في الأعاليJames R. Murray (Author)Arabic1
A glorious light has burst around usJames R. Murray (Author)3
Able to save, yes, able to saveJames R. Murray (Author)3
All is light and beauty on the other sideJames R. Murray (Author)4
And as in olden daysJames R. Murray (Author)3
And Jesus said suffer little children to come to meJames R. Murray (Author)4
Are you fighting for the MasterJames R. Murray (Author)3
At the tomb of Lazarus standingJames R. Murray (Author)2
Beautiful thoughts for ChristmasJames R. Murray (Author)3
Bobolink, do not drinkJ. R. M. (Author)3
Children, children, hearken to meJames R. Murray (Author)3
Children of the heavenly King, As we journey, sweetly singJ. R. M. (Author)English1
Come, learn of the way to the SaviorJ. R. M. (Author)4
Come to the mighty One, trust in his powerJames R. Murray (Author)2
Come ye, come ye, To the heavenly watersJames R. Murray (Author)2
Each one has a missionJames R. Murray (Author)6
En v'n jag har I JesusJames R. Murray (Author)3
Faint not, nor falter in the wayJames R. Murray (Author)5
Floating on the breath of eveningJames R. Murray (Author)4
Floating on the breeze of eveningJames R. Murray (Author)2
For Sabbath morning brightJ. R. M. (Author)2
From the golden land above usJames R. Murray (Author)3
From the mountaintop and plainJames R. Murray (Author)2
Give me Jesus and his loveJames R. Murray (Author)3
God's ways are the bestJames R. Murray (Author)3
Halelu aku! Kanaka me na anela emele puJames R. Murray, 1841-1905 (Author)Hawaiian2
Hallé un buen amigoJ. R. Murray (Author)Spanish2
Hark, that swelling, solemn musicJames R. Murray (Author)2
He folds them in his bosomJames R. Murray (Author)4
He is the Shepherd, gentle and lovingJames R. Murray (Author)2
He is the shepherd, we his sheep who followJ. R. M. (Author)3
Heavenward, heavenward, let us singJames R. Murray (Author)2
Help us, O Lord, thy name to loveJames R. Murray (Author)2
I have found him at lastJames R. Murray (Author)2
I need not go to IndiaJ. R. M. (Author)7
I shall see them and knowJ. R. Murray (Author)2
I'm going to enlist, boysJames R. Murray (Author)3
In the morning let us pray for a blessingJames R. Murray (Author)2
In want, and woe, in sinJames R. Murray (Author)2
Into the presence of the most holyJames R. Murray (Author)3
Into thy loving careJames R. Murray (Author)6
I have found a friend in Jesus, He's everything to meJ. R. Murray (Author)English3
Jerusalem, the golden, I languish for one gleamJ. R. Murray (Author)2
Jesus, I love thee better than tongue can tellJames R. Murray (Author)3
Jesus is calling, Follow me, follow meJames R. Murray (Author)3
Jesus knocks at the door of my heartJames R. Murray (Author)3
Jesus once was a little childJames R. Murray (Author)8
Joyful songs now let usJ. R. M. (Author)2
Let us sing redemption's storyJ. R. M. (Author)2
Little sacred songsJames R. Murray (Author)2
Lord, as we enter Thy presence todayJames R. Murray (Author)2
Lord, for tomorrow and its needsJ. R. M. (Author)English1
Lord, I believe thee, yes, I believe theeJames R. Murray (Author)2
Loving Father, hear thy childrenJames R. Murray (Author)5
Many mansions, many mansionsJames R. Murray (Author)1
Merry, merry, merry Christmas bellsJames R. Murray (Author)1
Never fear, for tomorrowJames R. Murray (Author)2
No surrender to the foeJames R. Murray (Author)4
O land of princely splendorJames R. Murray (Author)2
O land of the immortalsJames R. Murray (Author)2
O let us be faithfulJames R. Murray (Author)8
O let us praise himJames R. Murray (Author)2
O Lord when bended to the earthJames R. Murray (Author)2
O the day of life is closing and its sun is sinking lowJames R. Murray (Author)1
O weary heart, thy rest has comeJames R. Murray (Author)3
Ours the lossJames R. Murray (Author)2
Out upon life's restless oceanJ. R. M. (Author)2
Peace on earth, good will to menJames R. Murray (Author)3
Peace on earth, peace on earth, Good will to menJames R. Murray (Author)2
Praise the Lord, praise him, men and angelsJames R. Murray (Author)9
Pressing onward in your calling, wharsoever it beJ. R. Murray (Author)2
Raindrops raindrops gentlyJames R. Murray (Author)4
Reaching after sunbeamsJames R. Murray (Author)3
Royal praise come let usJ. R. M. (Author)2
See the golden sunlightJames R. Murray (Author)4
See the snow come downJ. R. M. (Author)5
Sing, O, sing of the mighty OneJames R. Murray (Author)3
Suffer little children to come unto me (Murray)James R. Murray (Author)4
Sweet it is, O Lord to knowJames R. Murray (Author)2
Sweetly the Savior is callingJames R. Murray (Author)2
Take my hand, my sisterJames R. Murray (Author)2
The Lord is my Shepherd (Murray)James R. Murray (Author)2
The precious hours are passingJames R. Murray (Author)2
There's a little pair of hands, laid to restJ. R. Murray (Author)2
Tiny little raindropsJames R. Murray (Author)3
To him that overcomethJames R. Murray (Author)1
Today let your light shineJames R. Murray (Author)3
Up to the beautiful mansionsJames R. Murray (Author)2
Up to the land of lightJames R. Murray (Author)3
Upward and onward into the lightJames R. Murray (Author)3
Voices of angels, floatingJames R. Murray (Author)2
We shall meet and sing togetherJames R. Murray (Author)4
What though the clouds gatherJames R. Murray (Author)2
Where it never more shall wearyJames R. Murray (Author)4
While the blessed Savior dweltJames R. Murray (Author)2
Will you battle for the rightJames R. Murray (Author)4

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