So far in 2023, 13 million people from 200-plus countries around the world have benefitted from the Hymnary website! Thank you to all who use and all who support it with gifts of time, talent and treasure. If you feel moved to support our work today with a gift of any amount and a word of encouragement, we would be grateful. You can donate online at our secure giving site. Or, if you'd like to make a gift by check, please send it to:, Calvin University, 3201 Burton Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. May the hope, love, joy and peace of Advent be yours this day and always.

Your donation:

William Russell › Tunes

Short Name: William Russell
Full Name: Russell, William, 1798-1873
Birth Year: 1798
Death Year: 1873

Russell, William, was born in Glasgow in 1798, and educated at the University of Glasgow. Removing from Scotland to America, he was at Savannah in 1817, and subsequently at other places in the United States. He was an active promoter of education, teachers' associations, and kindred objects, and did much to further the cause of education in the States. He was originally a Baptist, but did not hold to close communion. He died at Lancaster, Massachusetts, Aug. 16, 1873. His hymn, "O'er the dark wave of Galilee" (Christ in Solitude), begins with st. iii. of a poem written by him at the request of Dr. Ware, editor of the Unitarian Christian Examiner, and printed therein in 1826. [Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Tunes by William Russell (9)sort descendingAsInstancesIncipit
[Arise and shine, for the day is growing bright]William Russell (Composer)251113 45556 53211
[Chant] (Russell 51765)William Russell (Composer)151765 43143 25134
[Chant] (Russell 34251)William Russell (1777-1813) (Composer)234251 43221
[Go work with your might]William Russell (Composer)555143 33372 11771
[I was once in sin and far from God]William Russell (Composer)234555 11777 76655
[Chant] (Russell 51366)William Russell, Mus. B. (Composer)151366 71271
[O to be more like Jesus] (Russell)William Russell (Composer)211113 53653 65321
[Say, is your lamp burning, my brother] (Russell)William Russell (Composer)255555 67211 11117
[The spirit of Christ is love, true love]William Russell (Composer)351111 35653 22211
Suggestions or corrections? Contact us