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O God, Our Help in Ages Past

Author: Isaac Watts, 1674-1748 Meter: Appears in 1,152 hymnals Topics: Adoration and Praise; Comfort and Care; Faith and Hope; God Father; God Refuge and Rock; New Year; Spiritual Warfare Scripture: Psalm 90:1-5 Used With Tune: ST. ANNE

Rock of Ages

Author: Augustus M. Toplady, 1740-1778 Meter: Appears in 2,666 hymnals First Line: Rock of Ages, cleft for me Topics: Assurance and Confidence; Faith; God Refuge and Rock; Trust Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:3-4 Used With Tune: TOPLADY
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Forward Through the Ages

Author: Frederick L. Hosmer Appears in 81 hymnals First Line: Forward thro' the ages Refrain First Line: Forward thro' the ages Lyrics: 1 Forward thro' the ages, In unbroken line, Move the ... reward. Refrain: Forward thro' the ages, In unbroken line, Move the ... Used With Tune: [Forward thro' the ages]


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Composer: John Hyatt Brewer, 1856-1931 Appears in 1 hymnal Tune Key: D Major Incipit: 51321 35226 53312 Used With Text: Rock of Ages
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Composer: Thomas Hastings Meter: Appears in 633 hymnals Tune Key: B Flat Major Incipit: 56531 65123 21717 Used With Text: Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me


Composer: Samuel Sebastian Wesley, 1810-1876 Meter: D Appears in 676 hymnals Tune Key: E Flat Major Incipit: 33343 32116 54345 Used With Text: O God, the Rock of Ages


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The Mighty Rock of Ages

Author: E. E. Hewitt Hymnal: New Songs of the Gospel #52 (1900) First Line: ‘Tis the mighty Rock of Ages that’s beneath my feet today Refrain First Line: Rock of Ages, naught can shake thee Lyrics: ... the mighty Rock of Ages that’s beneath my feet ... changeless evermore. Refrain: Rock of Ages, naught can shake thee! ... the mighty Rock of Ages that’s beneath my feet ... the mighty Rock of Ages that was cleft on Calv ... Tis the mighty Rock of Ages, ‘tis the Rock once ... Languages: English Tune Title: [‘Tis the mighty Rock of Ages that’s beneath my feet today]
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Shelter Me, O Rock of Ages

Author: Jennie Wilson Hymnal: The Golden Sheaf #104 (1902) Lyrics: ... Shelter me, O Rock of Ages, Safe in thee now let ... : Shelter me, O Rock of Ages, Evermore my refuge be; Shelter ... me, O Rock of Ages, Clings my helpless souls to ... vain and fleeting, Rock of Ages, shelter me. [Chorus] Tune Title: [Shelter me, O Rock of Ages]

Hide Me, Rock of Ages

Author: B. C. G. Hymnal: Church Hymnal #193 (1951) First Line: O Thou blessed Rock of Ages Refrain First Line: Hide me, O blest Rock of Ages Lyrics: blessed Rock of Ages, Trusting now ... Languages: English Tune Title: [O Thou blessed Rock of Ages]


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H. Ernest Nichol

1862 - 1928 Person Name: H. Ernest Nichol, 1862- Composer of "GOLDEN AGE " in Methodist Hymn and Tune Book H. Ernest Nichol (b. Hull, Yorkshire, England, 1862; d. Skirlaugh, Yorkshire, England, 1926) had begun a study program in civil engineering when he decided to study music instead. In 1888 he received a bachelor's degree in music from Oxford University. Nichol wrote some 130 hymn tunes and texts, many under the pseudonym “Colin Sterne” (derived from his middle and last name); many were first sung at church school programs. Psalter Hymnal Handbook ============= Nichol, Henry Ernest, was b. Dec. 10, 1862, at Hull. He took the degree of MUS. BAC. at Oxford in 1888. He has written fourteen sets of Sunday School Anniversary Hymns (130 in all), with original tunes, besides many published in leaflet form, mostly under the anagram of 1677 Colin Sterne. The following are in the Sunday School Hymnary, 1905, the dates being those of composition and publication by the author:— 1. Life is opening out before you. Christian Courage 1897. 2. Rest, O rest! at eve Thy children's voices. Evening. 1897. 3. We've a story to tell to the nations. Foreign Missions. 1896. 4. Where the flag is flying. Boys Brigade. 1901. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)

Michael Haydn

1737 - 1806 Person Name: Johann Michael Haydn, 1737-1806 Composer of "GREENLAND" in Hymnal of the Church of God Johann Michael Hadyn Austria 1737-1806. Born at Rohrau, Austria, the son of a wheelwright and town mayor (a very religious man who also played the harp and was a great influence on his sons' religious thinking), and the younger brother of Franz Joseph Hadyn, he became a choirboy in his youth at the Cathedral of St. Stephen in Vienna, as did his brother, Joseph, an exceptional singer. For that reason boys both were taken into the church choir. Michael was a brighter student than Joseph, but was expelled from music school when his voice broke at age 17. The brothers remained close all their lives, and Joseph regarded Michael's religious works superior to his own. Michael played harpsichord, violin, and organ, earning a precarious living as a freelance musician in his early years. In 1757 he became kapellmeister to Archbishop, Sigismund of Grosswarden, in Hungary, and in 1762 concertmaster to Archbishop, Hieronymous of Salzburg, where he remained the rest of his life (over 40 years), also assuming the duties of organist at the Church of St. Peter in Salzburg, presided over by the Benedictines. He also taught violin at the court. He married the court singer, Maria Magdalena Lipp in 1768, daughter of the cathedral choir-master, who was a very pious women, and had such an affect on her husband, trending his inertia and slothfulness into wonderful activity. They had one daughter, Aloysia Josepha, in 1770, but she died within a year. He succeeded Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, an intimate friend, as cathedral organist in 1781. He also taught music to Carl Maria von Weber. His musical reputation was not recognized fully until after World War II. He was a prolific composer of music, considered better than his well-known brother at composing religious works. He produced some 43 symphonies,12 concertos, 21 serenades, 6 quintets, 19 quartets, 10 trio sonatas, 4 due sonatas, 2 solo sonatas, 19 keyboard compositions, 3 ballets, 15 collections of minuets (English and German dances), 15 marches and miscellaneous secular music. He is best known for his religious works (well over 400 pieces), which include 47 antiphons, 5 cantatas, 65 canticles, 130 graduals, 16 hymns, 47 masses, 7 motets, 65 offertories, 7 oratorios, 19 Psalms settings, 2 requiems, and 42 other compositions. He also composed 253 secular vocals of various types. He did not like seeing his works in print, and kept most in manuscript form. He never compiled or cataloged his works, but others did it later, after his death. Lothar Perger catalogued his orchestral works in 1807 and Nikolaus Lang did a biographical sketch in 1808. In 1815 Anton Maria Klafsky cataloged his sacred music. More complete cataloging has been done in the 1980s and 1990s by Charles H Sherman and T Donley Thomas. Several of Michael Hadyn's works influenced Mozart. Hadyn died at Salzburg, Austria. John Perry

William Gardiner

1770 - 1853 Composer of "GERMANY" in Baptist Hymnal 1991 William Gardiner (b. Leicester, England, 1770; d. Leicester, 1853) The son of an English hosiery manufacturer, Gardiner took up his father's trade in addition to writing about music, composing, and editing. Having met Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven on his business travels, Gardiner then proceeded to help popularize their compositions, especially Beethoven's, in England. He recorded his memories of various musicians in Music and Friends (3 volumes, 1838-1853). In the first two volumes of Sacred Melodies (1812, 1815), Gardiner turned melodies from composers such as Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven into hymn tunes in an attempt to rejuvenate the singing of psalms. His work became an important model for American editors like Lowell Mason (see Mason's Boston Handel and Haydn Collection, 1822), and later hymnbook editors often turned to Gardiner as a source of tunes derived from classical music. Bert Polman


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10 New Hymns on Aging and the Later Years

Publication Date: 1976 Publisher: The Hymn Society of America; American Association of Retired Persons Publication Place: Springfield, Ohio

Small Church Music

Editors: Harriet Auber Description: The SmallChurchMusic site was launched in 2006, growing out of the requests from those struggling to provide suitable music for their services and meetings. Rev. Clyde McLennan was ordained in mid 1960’s and was a pastor in many small Australian country areas, and therefore was acutely aware of this music problem. Having also been trained as a Pipe Organist, recordings on site (which are a subset of the smallchurchmusic.com site) are all actually played by Clyde, and also include piano and piano with organ versions. All recordings are in MP3 format. Churches all around the world use the recordings, with downloads averaging over 60,000 per month. The recordings normally have an introduction, several verses and a slowdown on the last verse. Users are encouraged to use software: Audacity (http://www.audacityteam.org) or Song Surgeon (http://songsurgeon.com) (see http://scm-audacity.weebly.com for more information) to adjust the MP3 number of verses, tempo and pitch to suit their local needs. Copyright notice: Rev. Clyde McLennan, performer in this collection, has assigned his performer rights in this collection to Hymnary.org. Non-commercial use of these recordings is permitted. For permission to use them for any other purposes, please contact manager@hymnary.org. Home/Music(smallchurchmusic.com) List SongsAlphabetically List Songsby Meter List Songs byTune Name About  

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary

Publication Date: 2007 Publisher: Grand Rapids, MI: Christian Classics Ethereal Library


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