Melancthon Woolsey Stryker

Melancthon Woolsey Stryker
Short Name: Melancthon Woolsey Stryker
Full Name: Stryker, Melancthon Woolsey, 1851-1929
Birth Year: 1851
Death Year: 1929

Stryker, Melancthon Woolsey, D.D., son of the Rev. Isaac Pierson Stryker, was born at Vernon, New York, Jan. 7, 1851, and educated at Hamilton College (1872) and Auburn Theological Seminary (1876). In 1876 he entered the Presbyterian ministry as Pastor at Auburn, New York. In 1878 he removed to Ithaca, N. Y.; in 1883 to Holyoke, Massachusetts, and in 1885 to Chicago, Illinois. He received his degree of D.D. from Hamilton College in 1889. He has edited Christian Chorals, 1885 ; New Alleluia, 1880-86; and Church Song, 1889. He was also joint editor with H. P. Main of The Church Praise Book, 1882. He has also published Hymns and Verses, 1883, and Song of Miriam, and Other Hymns and Verses,
1888. To two of these works which have been designed for daily use in divine worship Dr. Stryker contributed the following original hymns:—

i. The Church Praise Book, 1882.
1. Burst forth, 0 Bridegroom, from Thy chamber bright. Second Advent Desired. (1880.)
2. Death cannot make my soul afraid. Death Contemplated. (1881.)
3. Eternal day hath dawned. Heaven. (1881.)
4. Mighty God, Thy Church recover. Missions. (1881.)
5. King again, ye starry chime. Christmas. (1881.)
6. Sing, Israel, for the Lord your strength. Passing the Red Sea. (1878.)
7. The tribes of faith from all the earth. Heaven. (1881.)
8. Thy Kingdom come, 0 blessed Son of God. Second Advent Desired, (1880.) Re-written in Church Song, 1889, as "Thy Kingdom come, 0 everlasting Lord."
9. When the everlasting Lord. Morning. (1880.)

ii. Church Song, 1889.
10. Arouse Thy Church, Almighty God. Missions. (1887.)
11. Father, as here we bow. Holy Trinity. (1886.)
12. Four hundred years their course have sped. American National Hymn. (1888.)
13. God of our Fathers, our God to-day. National Hymn. (1889.)
14. Lo, where that spotless Lamb for sin provided. Passiontide. (1884.)
15. My Maker, at Thy holy throne. Holy Baptism. (1888.)
16. O God, Thy judgments give the King, Thy Son. Missions. (1883.)
17. O Thou, Eternal, Changeless, Infinite. Praise to God. (1882.)
18. 0 Thou, Omnipresent. Omnipresence of the Father. (1885.)
19. O Thou Shepherd of Thine Israel, hear us. Ps. lxxz. (1883.)
20. Our God, and our Redeemer. Opening of a Place of Worship. (1883.)
21. Robbed, bruised, and dying, once I lay. The Good Samaritan. (1886.)
22. Sing, every boy and maiden. Praise to God. (1885.)
23. Thou, Lord of my life, by the words Thou hast said. Lent. (1887.)
24. Thy grace is all of grace. Divine Grace. (1886.)
25. To Thee, our God, these babes we bring. Holy Baptism. (1886.)
26. Tranquilly, slowly, solemnly, lowly. Burial. (1884.)
27. We close Thy blessed Word. Sunday Evening. (1S87.)
28. While all the night-stars fade and wane. Easter. (1884.)

In addition to these original hymns Dr. Stryker has several translations from the German which are in common use. One of his hymns, No. 513, "Now I lay me down to sleep" (Child's Evening hymn), in Church Song, 1889 (dated 1884), begins with a stanza by another hand. In the same work there are also several of his tunes. Dr. Stryker's hymns are massive and rugged, full of dogmatism and fire, but they lack unity and purity of rhythm. In some instances words stand for thoughts, and exclamations for ideas. Nevertheless a few will live.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


Stryker, M. W., pp. 1098, i.; 1525, ii. 7; 1615, iv. In 1892, Dr. Stryker became Presi¬dent of Hamilton College and also received the LL.D. from Lafayette College. His College Hymnal, 1897, 1904, contains 28 of his hymns, the majority of which date 1890-1894. Of these "From doubt and all its sullen pain" (Faith), written in 1890, is found in other collections. Dr. Stryker d. in 1905. His Dies Irae was published 1892, and his Latermath (verse) 1896.

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

Wikipedia Biography

Melancthon Woolsey Stryker, D.D., Litt. D., LL.D., (January 7, 1851 – December 6, 1929), an American clergyman, was Pastor of the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago and President of Hamilton College in upstate New York from 1892-1917. He distanced Hamilton from the Presbyterian Church, moving it towards becoming a more secular institution.

Texts by Melancthon Woolsey Stryker (93)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
A Tower of Refuge is our God!M. W. S. (Translator)English2
A tower of safety is our God, a goodlyM. Woolsey Stryker, 1883 (Translator)2
Again amid the summer airM. W. S. (Author)2
All the hosts of morning singM. W. S. (Author)English3
Almighty and Most MercifulM. W. S. (Author)English2
Almighty Lord, with one accordM. Woolsey Stryker (Author)English21
As oft we tread, with worn and weary feetM. S. W. (Arranger)1
Beneath all form and rite and creedM. W. S. (Author)English3
Beyond the horizon's misty skirtMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)English3
Blessed word, my soul awaking, Jesus died!Melancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)English3
Boundless thy glories, O God of our lightMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)2
Burst forth, O Bridegroom, from thy chamber brightMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)3
By all true sons who've loved these wallsMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)English2
By that Cross where Day with darkness troveMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)English2
Come, O Creator Spirit, come, and all these minds of thine investMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)2
Courage, doubting hearts, be braverM. Woolsey Stryker, 1884 (Author)2
Dearest Immanuel, Prince of the lowlyM. Woolsey Stryker, 1884, abr. (Translator)1
Death cannot make our souls afraidM. Woolsey Stryker (Author)English1
Deep clouds Thy glorious throne infoldMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)English2
Eternal day hath owned [dawned]Melancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)English4
For that ye, young men, are strongMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)4
Forbid ye not the childrenMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)English7
From doubt and all its sullen painM. W. Stryker (Author)English5
God is forever true, His loving changesMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)3
God of our fathers, our God todayM. W. S. (Author)English2
God of thine Isr'l, none is like theeMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)2
God save our land, Be this our steadfast prayerMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)English4
God speed the gospel, O Father, in pityM. W. Stryker (Author)English5
Hail, great Redeemer, high ascendedMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)3
Harsh and dread the Winter reignsMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)English2
Holding none above TheeMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)English2
Holy God, my Maker, I belong to theeMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)2
How brightly glows the morning starM. Woolsey Stryker, 1883, zbr. (Translator)1
Hushed was the hymn, the temple darkM. W. S., 1884 (Alterer)1
Jesus, thou art nearest to my soul and dearestM. Woolsey Stryker, 1885, abr. (Translator)English1
Lo where that spotless lamb for sin providedMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)English3
Lord, every day and everywhereM. W. S. (Author)English3
Man the lifeboat, man the lifeboatM. Woolsey Stryker (Author)English22
Mighty God, the church recoverMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)3
My Maker! at Thy holy throneMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)English2
Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keepM. W. S., 1884 (Author)English1
Now I lay me down to sleep, In Thy shadowssoft and deepMelancthon W. Stryker (1851- ) (Author)English1
Now they all have denied Him!M. W. S. (Author)English2
O God, forsake me not, Thine hand to me extendingM. Woolsey Stryker, 1882 (Translator)English3
O God, thy judgments give the king, Thy SonM. Woolsey Stryker, 1883 (Author)2
O holy heavenly LordMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)English4
O Lamb of God unspotted, whose life that cross have takenM. W. Stryker (Translator)English3
O Spirit, ever trueMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)2
O sweet Jerusalem aboveMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)English3
O the Savior is a Savior for the wickedMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)2
O thou eternal, changeless, infiniteM. Woolsey Stryker, 1882 (Author)English3
O thou final revelation of the perfect Trinity Melancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)2
O, Thou omnipresent GodMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)2
O Thou Shepherd of Thine Israel, hear us!M. Woolsey Stryker, 1883 (Author)English6
Once, in Galilee, a lowly maiden did dwellM. Woolsey Stryker, 1883 (Author)2
Our Father, we pray what Christ taughtM. W. S. (Author)3
Our God and our RedeemerMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)2
Our Lord, the lowly NazareneMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)2
Praise to the Lord, the omnipotent King of creationM. Woolsey Stryker (Translator)English3
Praises to Jesus the royal and mightyM. W. S. (Translator)1
Praises we're bringing to jesusM. W. Stryker (Trans. & Author (v.3))1
Quicken Lord our pilgrim goingM. Woolsey Stryker, 1884 (Author)English4
Ring again, ye starry chimeM. Woolsey Stryker (Author)2
Robbed, bruised, and dying once I layM. W. S. (Author)English3
See the lilies, how they growM. W. S. (Author)English4
Should I not in meek adoringM. W. S. (Translator)English3
Sing, every boy and maidenMelancthon W. Stryker (Author)English6
Sing, Isr'l, for the Lord your strengthM. Woolsey Stryker (Author)3
Take, Lord, the little I can doMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)English4
Thank thy God forever, O thou land of choiceMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)English2
That great day of the Lord draws nighMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)2
The helper of his motherMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)2
The lovely sun has now fulfilledM. W. Stryker, 1882 (Translator)1
The seven words from the crossMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)2
The songs of glory here begunM. W. S. (Author)2
The tribes of faith from all the earthM. Woolsey Stryker (Author)4
The way is dark I cannot see at allMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)2
Thou Lord of my life, by the words Thou hast saidM. W. S. (Author)English2
Thy grace is all of graceMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)English3
Thy kingdom come, O blessed Son of GodM. Woolsey Stryker (Author)English3
Tranquilly, slowly, solemnly, lowlyMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)English3
Unite them all on cause to makeMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)2
We close Thy blessed wordM. W. S. (Author)English2
We lift our hearty cry, to Thee, O LordM. Woolsey Stryker, 1883 (Author)English5
Well I love these stories oldMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)2
When God's right arm is bared for warM. W. S. (Alterer)1
When the everlasting LordMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)1
When the everlasting Lord waked CreationMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)2
When the judgment books unrollMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)2
While all the night stars fade and waneM. Woolsey Stryker, 1884 (Author)2
Wonderful love hath GodM. Woolsey Stryker (Author)2
Wonderful love hath God, our Father shownMelancthon Woolsey Stryker (Author)2
Yea, our Shepherd leads, with gentle handM. Woolsey Stryker, 1884 (Translator)English3

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