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O for a faith that will not shrink

Author: Wm. Hiley Bathurst Meter: Appears in 636 hymnals Topics: The Christian Life Faith, Penitence and Confession Scripture: Job 13:15 Used With Tune: ST. LEONARD

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Author: Christopher Wordsworth Meter: D Appears in 196 hymnals First Line: Alleluia! Allelula! Topics: Responses To Confession Of Faith Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:20 Used With Tune: TON-Y-BOTEL

Faith of our fathers, living still

Author: Frederick William Faber Meter: Appears in 780 hymnals Topics: Confession of Faith


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Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872-1958 Meter: Appears in 185 hymnals Tune Key: G Major Incipit: 53215 61253 32177 Used With Text: For all the saints

I've Been Redeemed

Composer: Anonymous Appears in 1 hymnal Tune Key: F Major Used With Text: I've Been Redeemed
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Composer: H. Percy Smith Meter: Appears in 265 hymnals Tune Key: D Major Incipit: 33343 22255 43117 Used With Text: My Song Forever Shall Record


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The Word of Faith

Author: R. M. H. Hymnal: The Tabernacle Hymns #45 (1918) First Line: The glorious gospel of the Son of God Refrain First Line: If thou shalt confess Him as your Lord Lyrics: 1 The glorious gospel of the Son of God Is free to all ... , This word of faith is near. Refrain: If thou shalt confess Him as ... sin; And all who come confessing Him as Lord, May now ... may come,” Includes the whole of man; Redemptions work, thro’ death ... Topics: Assurance; Confession Tune Title: [The glorious gospel of the Son of God]

Faith Is the Victory

Author: John H. Yates Hymnal: Tabernacle Hymns #112 (1960) First Line: Encamped along the hills of light Refrain First Line: Faith is the victory! Lyrics: ... our strength be hurled; Faith is the victory, we ... world. Chorus: Faith is the victory! Faith is the victory! ... above With shouts of triumph trod. By faith they, like ... ev'ry field; The faith by which they conquered ... confessed in heav'n. Then onward from the hills of ... Topics: Children; Conflict; Faith; Promise Languages: English Tune Title: [Encamped along the hills of light]
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Showers of Blessing

Author: Daniel W. Whittle Hymnal: Hymns of Faith #209 (1980) First Line: There shall be showers of blessing Lyrics: 1 There shall be showers of blessing: This is the promise of love; There shall be seasons refreshing, Sent from the Savior above. Chorus: Showers of blessing, Showers of blessing we need: Mercy drops 'round us are falling, But for the showers we plead. 2 ... Scripture: Ezekiel 34:26-27 Tune Title: [There shall be showers of blessing]


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Henry Thomas Smart

1813 - 1879 Person Name: Henry Smart Composer of "ST. LEONARD" in The Presbyterian Book of Praise Henry Smart (b. Marylebone, London, England, 1813; d. Hampstead, London, 1879), a capable composer of church music who wrote some very fine hymn tunes (REGENT SQUARE, 354, is the best-known). Smart gave up a career in the legal profession for one in music. Although largely self taught, he became proficient in organ playing and composition, and he was a music teacher and critic. Organist in a number of London churches, including St. Luke's, Old Street (1844-1864), and St. Pancras (1864-1869), Smart was famous for his extemporiza­tions and for his accompaniment of congregational singing. He became completely blind at the age of fifty-two, but his remarkable memory enabled him to continue playing the organ. Fascinated by organs as a youth, Smart designed organs for impor­tant places such as St. Andrew Hall in Glasgow and the Town Hall in Leeds. He composed an opera, oratorios, part-songs, some instrumental music, and many hymn tunes, as well as a large number of works for organ and choir. He edited the Choralebook (1858), the English Presbyterian Psalms and Hymns for Divine Worship (1867), and the Scottish Presbyterian Hymnal (1875). Some of his hymn tunes were first published in Hymns Ancient and Modern (1861). Bert Polman

John Bacchus Dykes

1823 - 1876 Person Name: J. B. Dykes Composer of "GETHSEMANE" in The Presbyterian Book of Praise As a young child John Bacchus Dykes (b. Kingston-upon-Hull' England, 1823; d. Ticehurst, Sussex, England, 1876) took violin and piano lessons. At the age of ten he became the organist of St. John's in Hull, where his grandfather was vicar. After receiving a classics degree from St. Catherine College, Cambridge, England, he was ordained in the Church of England in 1847. In 1849 he became the precentor and choir director at Durham Cathedral, where he introduced reforms in the choir by insisting on consistent attendance, increasing rehearsals, and initiating music festivals. He served the parish of St. Oswald in Durham from 1862 until the year of his death. To the chagrin of his bishop, Dykes favored the high church practices associated with the Oxford Movement (choir robes, incense, and the like). A number of his three hundred hymn tunes are still respected as durable examples of Victorian hymnody. Most of his tunes were first published in Chope's Congregational Hymn and Tune Book (1857) and in early editions of the famous British hymnal, Hymns Ancient and Modern. Bert Polman

Johann Sebastian Bach

1685 - 1750 Person Name: Johann S. Bach, 1685-1750 Harmonizer of "SALZBURG" in Lift Up Your Hearts Johann Sebastian Bach was born at Eisenach into a musical family and in a town steeped in Reformation history, he received early musical training from his father and older brother, and elementary education in the classical school Luther had earlier attended. Throughout his life he made extraordinary efforts to learn from other musicians. At 15 he walked to Lüneburg to work as a chorister and study at the convent school of St. Michael. From there he walked 30 miles to Hamburg to hear Johann Reinken, and 60 miles to Celle to become familiar with French composition and performance traditions. Once he obtained a month's leave from his job to hear Buxtehude, but stayed nearly four months. He arranged compositions from Vivaldi and other Italian masters. His own compositions spanned almost every musical form then known (Opera was the notable exception). In his own time, Bach was highly regarded as organist and teacher, his compositions being circulated as models of contrapuntal technique. Four of his children achieved careers as composers; Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, and Chopin are only a few of the best known of the musicians that confessed a major debt to Bach's work in their own musical development. Mendelssohn began re-introducing Bach's music into the concert repertoire, where it has come to attract admiration and even veneration for its own sake. After 20 years of successful work in several posts, Bach became cantor of the Thomas-schule in Leipzig, and remained there for the remaining 27 years of his life, concentrating on church music for the Lutheran service: over 200 cantatas, four passion settings, a Mass, and hundreds of chorale settings, harmonizations, preludes, and arrangements. He edited the tunes for Schemelli's Musicalisches Gesangbuch, contributing 16 original tunes. His choral harmonizations remain a staple for studies of composition and harmony. Additional melodies from his works have been adapted as hymn tunes. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


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The Psalms of David

Publication Date: 1789 Publisher: Hodge, Allen & Campbell (Printer) Publication Place: New York Editors: Hodge, Allen & Campbell
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The Psalms and Hymns

Publication Date: 1814 Publisher: Daniel D. Smith Publication Place: New York Editors: John H. Livingston, D.D.S.T.P.; Daniel D. Smith


Voicing: SAT(B)B and Organ Part of the National Lutheran Choir Series. Originally scored for two or…


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