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W. E. Penn

Short Name: W. E. Penn
Full Name: Penn, W. E. (William Evander), 1832-1895
Birth Year: 1832
Death Year: 1895

Penn, William Evander. (Near village of Old Jefferson, Rutherford County, Tennessee, August 11, 1832--April 29, 1895, Eureka Springs, Arkansas). Southern Baptist. Evangelist in Texas and other states, 1875-1895. Compiled three hymnals titled Harvest Bells (1881, 1884, 1887) for use in his meetings. His hymns were primarily revivalistic in emphasis. His finest hymn, "There is a rock in a weary land, Its shadow falls on the burning sand" was paid the compliment of being reworked and issued under the name of Edward Husband in D.B. Towner's Revival Hymns (Chicago, 1905).

He and his wife Corilla Frances Sayle adopted three children. Ordained December 4, 1880.

--David W. Music, and additional information from the DNAH Archives


Linder, Michael. (1985). William Evander Penn : his contribution to church music (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas.

The Life and Labors of Major W. E. Penn. (1896). St. Louis: C. B. Woodward Printing).

Texts by W. E. Penn (55)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
Alas alas my day is passedW. E. Penn (Author)English5
Are your treasures on earth, or in heaven?W. E. Penn (Author)English3
As doves to their windows when darkness draw nighW. E. Penn (Author)English16
Behold the Savior stands todayW. E. Penn (Author)English3
Brought unto Jesus by power divineRev. W. E. Penn (Arranger)English1
Cheer up, brethren, never fearW. E. Penn (Author)English5
Christians, are you growing wearyRev. W. E. Penn (Author)English10
Come now, and let us reasonW. E. Penn (Author)English4
Come to me, the Father sayethWilliam E. Penn (Author (vs. 3))English1
Early in the morning, blessed SaviorW. E. Penn (Author)English13
Es ragt ein Felsen im dürren LandW. E. Penn (Author)German1
Go forward, said the CaptainW. E. Penn (Author)English4
Ho, everyone that thirsteth, to living waters comeW. E. Penn (Author)English5
How sweet it will be in that beautiful landW. E. Penn (Author (vv. 2, 3))English1
I am waiting, O my SaviorW. E. P. (Author)English3
I believe that Jesus died For my soul; was crucifiedW. E. Penn (Author)English2
I love to think of that beautiful homeW. E. Penn (Author)English4
If the Savior you would knowW. E. Penn (Author)English3
I'm weary, heavy ladenW. E. Penn (Author)English4
In our Father's home [house] aboveRev. W. E. Penn (Author)English7
I've often been told dear motherW. E. Penn (Author)English3
Just over the river are palaces grandW. E. Penn (Author (Chorus))English1
Let not your heart be troubled, I hear the Savior sayW. E. Penn (Author)English5
Lift up your eyes, behold and seeW. E. Penn (Author)English7
Not far, not far from the Kingdom, Yet in the thraldom of sinW. E. Penn (Author)English2
O Christian, do not falterW. E. Penn (Author)English6
O hear the gospel trumpetRev. W. E. Penn (Author)English4
O Lord, I am burdened, my soul is oppressedW. E. Penn (Author)English4
O Lord, I would come, but my sins are so greatW. E. Penn (Author)English2
O sinner, cast all doubts awayW. E. P. (Author)English3
O slumberer, rouse thee! despise not the truthW. E. Penn (Arranger)English1
O that I knew where I might find, A solace for my heart and mindW. E. Penn (Author)English2
O turn ye, O turn ye, for why will ye die? (Penn)W. E. Penn (Author)English2
Of all the words man ever heardW. E. Penn (Author)English3
O listen to these solemn words!W. E. P. (Author)English2
On land, on sea, where'er we goW. E. Penn (Author)2
On land, on sea, wherever we goW. E. Penn (Author)2
Pilger bist du am Ermatten?W. E. Penn (Author)German1
Royal and rare was the wondrous storeW. E. Penn (Author (Chorus))English4
Should Jesus come in the early morning, Or should He come at nightW. E. Penn (Author)English16
The fields are white to harvest, The grain is falling fastWilliam E. Penn (Author)English4
There is a Rock in a weary landW. E. P. (Author)English80
There is no work that I can doW. E. Penn (Author)English2
There's a gate we're told to the realms of blissW. E. Penn (Author)English2
Though all my earth treasures be taken from meRev. W. E. Penn (Author (Chorus))English1
'Tis here we come to seeW. E. Penn (Author)2
'Tis supper time, the feast is spreadW. E. Penn (Author)English5
To walk in the footprints of JesusW. E. Penn (Author)English2
'Twas night and all around was stillW. E. Penn (Author)English6
Wanderer away from Jesus, Hear Him speak, He speaks to theeW. E. Penn (Author)English3
Was ever words to mortals givenRev. W. E. P. (Author)English2
Well, wife, I've found a gospel churchW. E. P. (Author)English2
What are you doing for Jesus, the blessed Lamb of GodW. E. P. (Author)English4
When darkness gathers over my soulRev. W. E. Penn (Author)English5
When Jesus bowed 'neath Jordan's waveW. E. Penn (Author)English2
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