Samuel Francis Smith

Samuel Francis Smith
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Short Name: Samuel Francis Smith
Full Name: Smith, Samuel Francis, 1808-1895
Birth Year: 1808
Death Year: 1895

Smith, Samuel Francis, D.D., was born in Boston, U.S.A., Oct. 21, 1808, and graduated in arts at Harvard, and in theology at Andover. He entered the Baptist ministry in 1832, and became the same year editor of the Baptist Missionary Magazine. He also contributed to the Encyclopaedia Americana. From 1834 to 1842 he was pastor at Waterville, Maine, and Professor of Modern Languages in Waterville College. In 1842 he removed to Newton, Massachusetts, where he remained until 1854, when he became the editor of the publications of the Baptist Missionary Union. With Baron Stow he prepared the Baptist collection known as The Psalmist, published in 1843, to which he contributed several hymns. The Psalmist is the most creditable and influential of the American Baptist collections to the present day. Dr. Smith also published Lyric Gems, 1854, Rock of Ages, 1870, &c. A large number of his hymns are in use in America, and several have passed into some of the English collections. Taking his hymns in common use in alphabetical order, we have the following:—
1. And now the solemn deed is done. Ordination. Given in The Psalmist, 1843, No. 954. In Dr. Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, N. Y., 1872, it is altered to "The solemn service now is done."
2. As flows the rapid river. Life Passing Away. In Christian Psalmody, 1833, No. 33; the Hymns for the Vestry and Fireside, Boston, 1841; and The Psalmist, 1843, No. 1059. Found in a few English hymn-books, and in Lyra Sacra Americana, 1868.
3. Auspicious morning, hail. American National Anniversary. Written for July 4th, 1841, and published in The Psalmist, 1843, No. 1007.
4. Beyond where Cedron's waters flow. Gethsemane. In L. Bacon's Appendix, 1833; the Psalmist, 1843, No. 220, and later collections.
5. Blest is the hour when cares depart. Divine Worship. In The Psalmist, 1843, No. 947, and others.
6. Constrained by love we follow where. Holy Baptism. Appeared in the Baptist edition of the Plymouth Hymn Book, 1857.
7. Down to the sacred wave. Holy Baptism. Contributed to Winchell's Additional Hymns added to his Collection of 1817, in 1832, No. 510; repeated in The Psalmist, 1843, No. 818, and in several collections. Also in Lyra Sacra Americana, 1868.
8. Hail! ye days of solemn meeting. Public Worship. An altered form of No. 26 below, in Spurgeon's Our Own Hymn Book, 1866, as an "American Hymn, 1840."
9. How blest the hour when first we gave. Holy Baptism. Appeared in the Baptist edition of thePlymouth Hymn Book, 1857, No. 1468.
10. How calmly wakes the hallowed morn. Holy Baptism. Given in The Psalmist, 1843, No. 810, in later collections, and in Lyra Sacra Americana, 1868.
11. Jesus, Thou hast freely saved us. Salvation. In Winchell's Additional Hymns, 1832, No. 503, and others.
12. Meekly in Jordan's Holy Stream. Holy Baptism. Contributed to The Psalmist, 1843, No. 808.
13. My country, 'tis of thee. National Hymn. "Written in 1832, and first sung at a children's Fourth of July celebration in Park Street church, Boston." Included in The Psalmist, 1843, No. 1000, and found in a large number of American hymn-books, but not in use in Great Britain. It is one of the most popular of Dr. Smith's compositions. Text, with note in Lyra Sacra Americana, 1868.
14. 0 not my own these verdant hills. Bought with a Price. Appeared in Nason's Congregational Hymn Book, 1857, and given inLaudes Domini, 1884.
15. Onward speed thy conquering flight. Missions. Appeared in The Psalmist, 1843, No. 892, and is found in several modern collections in Great Britain and America. Also in Lyra Sac. Americana, 1868.
16. Planted in Christ, the living Vine. Christian Fellowship; or, For Unity. Given in The Psalmist, 1843, No. 929, inLyra Sacra Americana, 1868, and several hymn-books. Of the hymns contributed by Dr. Smith to The Psalmist this is the best, and one of the most popular.
17. Remember thy Creator. Youthful Piety Enforced. In Christian Psalmody, 1832, No. 32; the Hymns for the Vestry and Fireside, 1841; The Psalmist, 1843, No. 778; Lyra Sac. Americana, 1868, and other collections.
18. Sister, thou wast mild and lovely. Death and Burial. Written on the death of Miss J. M. C. of Mount Vernon School, Boston, July 13,1833, and published in The Psalmist, 1843, No. 1096.
19. Softly fades the twilight ray. Sunday Evening. Written in 1832, and included in The Psalmist, 1843, No. 56. Also in Lyra Sacra Americana, and several hymn-books.
20. Spirit of holiness, descend. Whitsuntide. Appeared in the Hymns for the Vestry and Fireside, 1841, No. 295, and again in The Psalmist, 1843, No. 384. In the Unitarian Hymns for the Church of Christ, Boston, 1853. St. ii., iii., iv. were given as "Spirit of God, Thy churches wait." This form of the text and the original are both in modern hymn-books.
21. Spirit of peace and holiness. Institution of a Minister. Appeared in The Psalmist, 1843, No. 953, and Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, 1872.
22. The morning light is breaking. Missions. Written in 1832, and included in Hastings's Spiritual Songs, 1832-33, No. 253; and The Psalmist, 1843, No. 912. This hymn is very popular and has been translated into several languages. Dr. Smith says of it that “it has been a great favourite at missionary gatherings, and I have myself heard it sung in five or six different languages in Europe and Asia. It is a favourite with the Burmans, Karens, and Telegus in Asia, from whose lips I have heard it repeatedly.”
23. The Prince of Salvation in triumph is riding. Missions. Given in Hastings and Mason's Spiritual Songs, 1832-33, No. 274; The Psalmist, 1843, and later collections.
24. Tis done, the [important] solemn act is done. Ordination. Appeared in The Psalmist 1843, No. 951, and later hymn-books.
25. Today the Saviour calls. Invitation. First sketch by Dr. Smith, the revised text, as in Hastings and Mason's Spiritual Songs, No. 176, and The Psalmist, No. 453, by Dr. T. Hastings (p. 495, i. 19).
26. Welcome, days of solemn meeting. Special Devotional Services. Written in 1834, and given in Dr. Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, 1872. See No. 8.
27. When shall we meet again ? Parting. This is a cento. The first stanza is from Alaric A. Watts's Poetical Sketches, &c, 1822, p. 158 ; and st. ii.-iv. are by Dr. Smith. In this form it was published in L. Bacon's Supplement to Dwight, 1833, No. 489. It is in several American hymn-books; and also the English Baptist Psalms & Hymns, 1858, &c.
28. When the harvest is past and the summer is gone. Close of Worship. Contributed to Hastings and Mason's Spiritual Songs, 1831, No. 244; and repeated in the Fuller and Jeter Supplement to The Psalmist, 1847, No. 22, and later collections.
29. When thy mortal life is fled. The Judgment. Contributed to Winchell's Additional Hymns, 1832, No. 379, and repeated in The Psalmist, 1843, No. 455, and later hymn-books. Also in Lyra Sacra Americana, 1868.
30. While in this sacred rite of Thine. Holy Baptism. Appeared in The Psalmist, 1843, No. 803: Lyra Sacra Americana, 1868, &c.
31. With willing hearts we tread. Holy Baptism. In The Psalmist, 1843, No. 798; and again in the Baptist Praise Book, 1871.
32. Yes, my native land, I love thee. A Missionary's Farewell. Contributed to Winchell's Additional Hymns, 1832, No. 445, and found in later collections. Also in Lyra Sacra Americana, 1868. [Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


Texts by Samuel Francis Smith (123)sort iconAsInstances
Mi patria es de tiSamuel Francis Smith, 1808-1895 (Author)2
And now the solemn deed is doneS. F. Smith (Author)7
Arise, my soul, with rapture riseSamuel Francis Smith (Author)23
Arzi bas d'ror noemo oschiro lochSamuel Francis Smith (Author)2
As fades the light of closing dayS. F. Smith (Author)2
As flows the rapid riverSamuel Francis Smith (Author)54
Auspicious morning hailS. F. Smith (Author)22
Behold, this is the day of graceSamuel Francis Smith (Author)3
Beyond where Cedron's waters flowSamuel Francis Smith (Author)65
Blest is the hour when cares departS. F. Smith (Author)16
Breathe balmy airs ye fragrant flowersSamuel Francis Smith (Author)2
Come, blessed Spirit, come todayS. F. Smith (Author)2
Constrained by love, we follow whereS. F. Smith (Author)3
Dark brood the heavens o'er theeSamuel Francis Smith (Author)15
Dear Savior! we are thineSamuel Francis Smith (Author)1
Depth of mercy! can there beSamuel Francis Smith (Author)1
Der Tag ist am ErscheinenS. F. Smith (Author)4
Dir sing' ich, VaterlandSamuel Francis Smith (Author)6
Divisase la auroraSamuel Francis Smith (Author)3
Down to the sacred waveSamuel F. Smith, 1808-1895 (Author)87
Drawn from a thousand distant homesSamuel Francis Smith (Author)2
Es bricht der frohe MorgenSamuel Francis Smith (Author)2
Far o'er the land the precious grainS. F. Smith (Author)7
Founded on Thee, our only LordSamuel F. Smith, 1808-1895 (Author)29
From God shall naught divide meSamuel Francis Smith (Author)1
Gladly thy precepts we obeySamuel Francis Smith (Author)2
Go, heralds of salvation, forthS. F. Smith (Author)6
God bless our native land! Firm may she ever standSamuel Francis Smith (Author)2
God ever glorious, Sovereign of nationsSamuel Francis Smith (Author)12
Grafted in Christ, the living vineSamuel Francis Smith (Author)10
Hail, hail, hail ye days of solemn meetingSamuel Francis Smith (Author)2
Hark! how divinest musicRev. S. F. Smith (Author)1
Hark! the voice of love and mercySamuel Francis Smith (Author)1
Haste to thy conquest of the worldSamuel Francis Smith (Author)2
Have mercy, Lord, have mercy, LordSamuel Francis Smith (Author)5
Heimatland, gross und weit, Freiheit und Gott geweihtS. F. Smith (Author)2
Heimatland, gross und weitSamuel Francis Smith (Author)2
Heimatland, nur von dir, Heiliger Freiheit ZierSamuel Francis Smith (Author)3
Heut' ruft der Heiland nochSamuel Francis Smith (Author)3
Hör faderns röst i dagSamuel Francis Smith (Author)6
Home, thy joys are passing lovelySamuel Francis Smith (Author)2
How blest the hour when first we gaveS. F. Smith (Author)6
How calmly wakes the hallowed mornS. F. Smith (Author)9
How sweet the evening shadows fallS. F. Smith (Author)6
Hoy mismo el Salvador diciendo estaSamuel Smith (Author)1
Idag hoar Jesu roestSamuel Francis Smith (Author)2
In the deserts let me laborSamuel Francis Smith (Author)1
Jesus thou hast freely saved usSamuel Francis Smith (Author)4
Joined in one body may we beS. F. Smith (Author)2
Joy for the gladdening newsSamuel Francis Smith (Author)2
Ke wehe nei ke alaulaSamuel F. Smith, 1808-1898 (Author)2
Ku'u aina hanau eSamuel F. Smith, 1808-1895 (Author)3
Light o'er the darkened hillsRev. S. F. Smith (Author)4
Lord of our life, God whom we fearSamuel F. Smith, 1808-1895 (Author)15
Lord of our life, save usSamuel Francis Smith (Author)2
Loved companion, thou hast left usS. F. Smith (Author)2
Made one in Christ by holiest tiesSamuel Francis Smith (Author)2
Meekly in Jordan's holy streamS. F. Smith (Author)34
Mitt fosterland, foer digSamuel Francis Smith (Author)3
Morn of Zion's glory, Brightly thou art breakingS. F. Smith (Author)3
Most gracious to fulfil thy wordS. F. Smith (Author)7
Murmur, gentle lyre, through the lonely nightSamuel Francis Smith (Author)7
My country, 'tis of thee, Sweet land of libertySamuel Francis Smith (Author)1598
My faith looks up to TheeRev. S. F. Smith (Author)1
My native country, thee, Land of the noble freeSamuel Francis Smith (Author)2
My Savior, 'tis of theeSamuel Francis Smith (Author)5
Now these solemn days are endingSamuel Francis Smith (Author)5
O bless us, Lord, todayS. F. Smith (Author)2
O blest are they whom God hath calledS. F. Smith (Author)2
O for the death of thoseS. F. Smith (Author)8
O Lord, thy weary churches waitSamuel Francis Smith (Author)3
O not my own these verdant hillsSamuel F. Smith (Author)23
Oft the tidings of salvationS. F. Smith (Author)3
Oh, Dios de eterna santidadSamuel Smith (Author)2
Onward, O Christian warriorsSamuel Francis Smith (Author)4
Onward speed thy conquering flightS. F. Smith (Author)38
Our fathers' God to thee, Author of libertyRev. S. F. Smith (Author (st. 1))6
Planted in Christ, the living vineS. F. Smith (Author)80
Ready now to spread my pinionsSamuel Francis Smith (Author)8
Redeemed from death, redeemed from sinSamuel Francis Smith (Author)4
Remember thy Creator, While youth's fair spring is brightS. F. Smith (Author)47
Remember thy Creator now (Smith)Samuel Francis Smith (Author)2
Ren bådar morgonstjärnanSamuel Francis Smith (Author)7
Roll on, roll on, in rapid flightSamuel Francis Smith (Author)2
Shine on, lone star, thy radiance brightSamuel Francis Smith (Author)4
Sister, thou wast mild and lovelyS. F. Smith (Author)192
Softly fades the twilight rayS. F. Smith (Author)168
Spirit of God, thy churches waitS. F. Smith (Author)2
Spirit of holiness, descendS. F. Smith (Author)43
Spirit of peace and holinessS. F. Smith (Author)16
Strew the fair garlandsSamuel Francis Smith (Author)2
Sweep on, O oar of lightSamuel Francis Smith (Author)2
Sweet is the fading light of eveSamuel Francis Smith (Author)1
The blooming flowers of summer passSamuel Francis Smith (Author)2
The morning light is breaking, The darkness disappearsSamuel F. Smith (Author)921
The Prince of salvation in triumph is ridingS. F. Smith (Author)62
The Savior is my shepherdDr. S. F. Smith (Author)4
The solemn service now is doneSamuel F. Smith (Author)8
They have parted from the fond embraceSamuel Francis Smith (Author)3
Thy kingdom come, we watch and [we] waitRev. S. F. Smith (Author)7
Thy way, O God is bestDr. S. F. Smith (Author)1
'Tis done, the important act is doneS. F. Smith (Author)8
Today the Savior calls! Ye wanderers comeSamuel F. Smith (Author)392
To God the Father, God the Son, And God the Spirit, Three in One (Watts)Samuel Francis Smith (Author)1
To God the Father's throne, Perpetual honors raise (1)Samuel Francis Smith (Author)1
Today the Spirit calls, O hear its voiceSamuel Francis Smith (Author)3
Unto Thy church, Thy body, LordSamuel Francis Smith (Author)2
Wakaŋtaŋka waṡte, UŋkitamakapiSamuel F. Smith (Author)1
We are but little childrenSamuel Francis Smith (Author)2
We are sailingS. F. Smith (Author)2
We plough the fertile meadowsSamuel Francis Smith (Author)3
Welcome days of solemn meetingS. F. Smith (Author)21
What are all my earthly trialsS. F. Smith (Author)2
When o'er earth is breakingSmith (Author)21
When shall we meet again? Meet ne'er to sever?Samuel Francis Smith (Author)18
When spirits from their cumbering clayS. F. Smith (Author)3
When the harvest is past and the summer is o'erSamuel Francis Smith (Author)70
When thy mortal life is fledSamuel F. Smith (Author)77
While in the sacred rite of thineS. F. Smith (Author)1
While in this sacred rite of thineS. F. Smith (Author)31
With willing hearts we treadS. F. Smith (Author)33
Yes, my native land, I love theeS. F. Smith (Author)143
Your thousand voices raiseSamuel Francis Smith (Author)2

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