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Adam M. L. Tice

b. 1979 Person Name: Adam. M. L. Tice Meter: Author of "God, Your Knowing Eye Can See"

Thomas Curtis Clark

1877 - 1953 Person Name: Thomas C. Clark, b. 1877 Meter: Author of "Who Will Build the World Anew?" in The Hymnal of The Evangelical United Brethren Church Thomas Curtis Clark (born on January 8, 1877) author of over sixty hymns, studied at University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois 1901-02 and served on the editorial staff of the Christian Century in Chicago, Illinois 1912-48. Won first prize in the 1943 Hymn Society of America nation-wide contest with his "Thou Father of Us All." =============================== Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, England --Five New Hymns on the City , 1954. Used by permission.

Arthur Henry Brown

1830 - 1926 Person Name: A. H. Brown Meter: Composer of "ST. ULRIC" in The Church Hymnal Born: Ju­ly 24, 1830, Brent­wood, Es­sex, Eng­land. Died: Feb­ru­a­ry 15, 1926, Brent­wood, Es­sex, Eng­land. Almost com­plete­ly self taught, Brown be­gan play­ing the or­gan at the age 10. He was or­gan­ist of the Brent­wood Par­ish Church, Es­sex (1842-53); St. Ed­ward’s, Rom­ford (1853-58); Brent­wood Par­ish Church (1858-88); St. Pe­ter’s Church, South Weald (from 1889); and Sir An­tho­ny Browne’s School (to 1926). A mem­ber of the Lon­don Gre­gor­i­an As­so­ci­a­tion, he helped as­sem­ble the Ser­vice Book for the an­nu­al fes­tiv­al in St. Paul’s Ca­thed­ral. He sup­port­ed the Ox­ford Move­ment, and pi­o­neered the res­tor­a­tion of plain­chant and Gre­gor­i­an mu­sic in Ang­li­can wor­ship. Brown ed­it­ed var­i­ous pub­li­ca­tions, in­clud­ing the Al­tar Hym­nal. His other works in­clude set­tings of the Can­ti­cles and the Ho­ly Com­mun­ion Ser­vice, a Child­ren’s Fes­tiv­al Serv­ice, an­thems, songs, part songs, and over 800 hymn tunes and car­ols. Music: Alleluia! Sing the Tri­umph Arthur Dale Ab­bey Fields of Gold Are Glow­ing Gerran Holy Church Holy Rood If An­gels Sang Our Sav­ior’s Birth Lammas O, Sing We a Car­ol Purleigh Redemptor Mun­di Ring On, Ye Joy­ous Christ­mas Bells Saffron Wal­den St. An­a­tol­i­us St. Aus­tell St. John Dam­as­cene St. Ma­byn St. So­phro­ni­us Story of the Cross Sweet Child Di­vine

Edwin George Monk

1819 - 1900 Person Name: Edwin G. Monk Meter: Composer of "ST. NINIAN" in Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church

Henry Twells

1823 - 1900 Meter: Author of "Glorious Is Thy Name, O Lord!" in The Cyber Hymnal Twells, Henry, M.A., was born in 1823, and educated at St. Peter's College, Cambridge. B.A. 1848, M.A. 1851. Taking Holy Orders in 1849, he was successively Curate of Great Berkhamsted, 1849-51; Sub-Vicar of Stratford-on-Avon, 1851-54; Master of St. Andrew's House School, Mells, Somerset, 1854-56; and Head Master of Godolphin School, Hammersmith, 1856-70. In 1870 he was preferred to the Rectory of Baldock, Herts, and in 1871 to that of Waltham-on-the Wolds. He was Select Preacher at Cambridge in 1873-74, and became an Honorary Canon of Peterborough Cathedral in 1884. Canon Twells is best known by his beautiful evening hymn, "At even ere the sun was set." He also contributed the following hymns to the 1889 Supplemental Hymns to Hymns Ancient & Modern:— 1. Glorious is Thy Name, O Lord. The Name of God. 2. Know ye the Lord hath borne away? Ascension. 3. Not for our sins alone. Plea for Divine Mercy. 4. The voice of God's Creation found me. The Word of God a Light. -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907) ================== Twells, H., p. 1189, i. Canon Twells was born on March 13, 1823, at Ashted, Birmingham, and died at Bournemouth, Jan. 19, 1900. His Memoir, by W. Clavell Ingram, D.D., was published in 1901. His Hymns and other Stray Verses, appeared in 1901i. From it the following additional hymns have come into common use:— 1. Spirit of Truth and Might, 'Tis Thou alone can teach. [Our Words.] On "The Responsibility of Speech," p. 26. In the Sunday School Hymnary, 1905. 2. The day of Pentecost is fully come. [Whitsuntide.] Usually the second stanza is taken as the opening of this hymn. In this form it is given as "Awake, 0 Lord, as in the days of old," in Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1904, the Sunday School Hymnary, 1905, and other collections. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)

Mary Mapes Dodge

1830 - 1905 Person Name: Mary Mapes Dodge, 1831-1905 Meter: Author (attr.) of "Can a Little Child like Me" in Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) Mary Mapes Dodge is the often referred to as the "leader in juvenile literature" (Clarke, 1059), for she helped create and perpetuate the most widely circulated and read children's magazine during a time when American printing technology greatly improved and enabled the mass production of magazines and books. Dodge was born on January 26, 1831 in New York City. She grew up in a prominent family with two sisters. Her "own reminiscences were of 'a devoted father and mother and a happy childhood, a remarkably happy childhood, watched over with loving care'" (Gannon 3). Beginning in her early childhood, Dodge and her sisters were educated by a tutor in their home. Their father introduced them to a large variety of literature from the Bible to Shakespeare because at that time Dodge's father believed that children's literature was "a dreary wasteland" (Gannon 4). Dodge's early exposure to literature enabled her to develop a gift and appreciation for art, music, and writing. In her teenage years, Dodge could skillfully write and she assisted her father with his writings for pamphlets. In 1851 Mary celebrated her marriage to William Dodge, and within the next 4 years, she gave birth to two sons, James and Harrington. The Dodge family confronted several hardships throughout their life together. In 1857, William faced serious financial difficulties concerning debts and the destruction of the company he worked for. During that same year, at the age of six, their son James was diagnosed with a fatal sinus disease. The effect of these disastrous events caused William to leave his family in 1858. He left for a walk from which he never returned. A month after his disappearance his body was found dead from an apparent drowning. After the death of her husband, Mary was left in a bad financial position and with two sons to raise on her own. At this time, Mary "resolved 'to take up her life again in the old spirit of rejoicing; to rear and educate her boys as their father would have done; to do a man's work with the persistent application and faithfulness of a man, to gain a man's pay, yet to leave herself freedom and freshness to enter into all her children's interests and pursuits as their comrade and friend" (Gannon 7). Mary would not allow the unfortunate events of her husband's death and financial difficulty stand in her way from educating her sons and providing them with the life they deserved. In addition to educating her sons, she began writing and editing in 1859. Mary worked with her father to publish two magazines, the Working Farmer and the United States Journal. The editorial work she used for these magazines helped to shape her writing skills, which she later applied to edit the most successful children's magazine of her time. Some of Mary's early writings before the publication of St. Nicholas include The Irvington Stories (1864) and Hans Brinker (1865). Hans Brinker is by far Dodge's most well known story, for it was published in several languages all over the world and this classic was considered "the best and most faithful juvenile story" (Clarke 1063). Four years after the publication and success of Hans Brinker, Dodge began working for a newspaper known as Hearth and Home." Dodge worked on the juvenile and household departments under the editorship of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Roswell Smith, one of the founders of the children's magazine Scribner's Monthly, observed Dodge's work at Hearth and Home. Smith considered Dodge for the editor of his newly created children's magazine, St. Nicholas, named for the patron saint for children. Dodge faced a difficult decision because she wanted to pursue novel writing and other challenging fields, but her heart remained with children. "Many gifted men and women were writing novels; no one was doing all that could be done--ought to be done--for the boys and girls" (Clarke 1063), and thus Dodge accepted the position of editor for St. Nicholas. Dodge's goal for her children's magazine was to create literature that inspired and interested children. In 1873 she anonymously wrote for Scribner's Monthly,"a successful children's magazine "must not be a milk-and-water variety of the periodical for adults. In fact, it needs to be stronger, truer, bolder, more uncompromising than the other; its cheer must be the cheer of the bird-song; it must mean freshness and heartiness, life and joy" (Clarke 1063). Mary clearly illustrates here her intention for the path St. Nicholas. Mary hoped to portray the traditional values of society, to educate children, to provide enjoyable entertainment, and to prepare them for "life as it is" (Kelly 380). Dodge took careful consideration for the layout of her magazine so she could fulfill her goals for a successful children's magazine. Two important obstacles confronted Dodge when she considered the type of articles to include in her magazine. The first problem she faced was how to entice her readers and maintain their attention. Dodge's technique to overcome this problem was the use of "regular departments" and "reader involvement" (Gordon, 380). The most famous regular department found in her magazine was 'Jack-in-the-Pulpit'. 'Jack-in-the-Pulpit' was "the inimitably wise and witty little preacher whose tiny discourses of the keenest sense and most inspiriting nonsense, . . . were a feast for the mind and souls of young folks every month" (Clarke 1065). Jack was a maternal type character that reflected Dodge's own personality. Dodge hoped to instill value and morals into the children without directly preaching to them. Jack provided an advantageous resource for accomplishing this goal because he was witty, humorous, and sincere. The children reading the story could easily identify with Jack's "preachings" and accept them because they were not directly aimed at the reader. In addition, Dodge added two more characters, Deacon Green and Little Schoolma'am, to provide authority figures and the introduction of new and interesting knowledge for the readers. The second technique Dodge employed for her periodical was reader involvement. Dodge included two features, "The Puzzle Box" and "The Letter-Box." "The Puzzle Box" provided entertainment for the readers through riddles or games. The answers to these games, however, were not included in the issue of the magazine. Readers had to send their answers to the publisher for judging, and only then could they find out the true answers. "The Letter-Box" included letters written to Dodge from the readers. Publication for readers was not only included in this section, but Dodge also encouraged children to contribute their own literature to the magazine. St. Nicholas became one the most successful magazines for children during the second half of the nineteenth century. Circulation increased to almost 70,000 children all over the U.S. The success of this periodical can be attributed to Dodge's dedication and the many contributors. Dodge's persistence in finding extraordinary talents such as Louisa May Alcott, Rudyard Kipling, President Theodore Roosevelt, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Sarah Orne Jewett provided a variety of intellectual and artistic material for children every month. St. Nicholas' began in 1873 and continued for the next 30 years with a few publications after Dodge's death in 1905. Dodges dedication to children is clearly evident in the hard work she devoted to this magazine. Dodge is an inspirational women who set goals people thought impossible, but ones she was able to achieve. In a memoir written after Dodge's death in a St. Nicholas publication, Dodge is described as a woman who put her heart into her work and achieved the goals she put forth. "What she attempted, she performed. There was no emergency, great or small, to which she was not equal; there was no Hill of Difficulty" (Clarke 1064). She was a woman to be truly admired, for her thirty years of work dedicated to children has influenced the world of periodicals ever since. (excerpts)

William W. Phelps

1792 - 1872 Person Name: W. W. Phelps, 1792-1872 Meter: Author of "De la Tierra Flores Mil" in Himnos de Vida y Luz

J. W. Elliott

1833 - 1915 Meter: Composer of "LITANY (Elliott)" J.W. Elliott was a popular composer of the Victorian period, and is best known for his nursery rhyme music and for his work on hymnals in the 1870s. He was born James William Elliott, in Warwick, England, on February 13, 1833. As a child, he sang as a chorister in the Leamington Parish Church. In those days, choristers were given lessons in all facets of church music, including organ lessons, counterpoint studies, and more in exchange for providing an extraordinary level of service to their parish church (services throughout the week, all holidays, extra services, etc.). The result is that most choristers who completed their studies received an excellent music education, and James was no exception. After starting his career as an organist and choirmaster for a countryside church, his talent became obvious. He moved to London, where he assisted Sir Arthur Sullivan (of Gilbert and Sullivan fame) in editing Church Hymns. In addition, James worked for a music publisher. His compositions include two operettas, numerous anthems, service music, works for instruments including the very popular harmonium, and most particularly for Nursery Rhymes and Nursery Songs, his children’s music score that sets many of the Nursery Rhymes to delightful music. Several of his hymn tunes are still in use today in many hymnals, most notably his hymn tune “Day of Rest.” He was heavily involved in the preparation of the musical edition of Church Hymns in 1874, the Choral Service Book of 1892, and transcriptions of hymn tunes using harmonies different than the traditional ones found in hymnals. He died in St. Marylebone, London, on February 5, 1915.

W. McComb

1793 - 1873 Person Name: W. McComb, 1793-1873 Meter: Author of "Chief of Sinners Though I Be" in Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary McComb, William, author of "Chief of sinners though I be" (Christ All and All), was born in Coleraine, County Londonderry, Ireland, in 1793, and was for several years a bookseller in Belfast. He published The Dirge of O'Neill, 1816; The School of the Sabbath, 1822; and The Voice of a Year, 1848. These together with smaller pieces were collected and pub. as The Poetical Works of William M'Comb, 1864. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)

Lorenzo Lyons

1807 - 1886 Person Name: Laiana (Lorenzo Lyons), 1807-1886 Meter: Translator of "E IESU KA MOHAI NO'U" in Na Himeni Haipule Hawaii Lorenzo Lyons also known as Makua Laiana, missionary to Hawaii. Dianne Shapiro


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