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Give Us Courage, Lord

Author: Nikolaus Ludwig Graf von Zinzendorf, 1700-1760 Appears in 1 hymnal First Line: Give us courage, Lord, and clearness Topics: Courage Used With Tune: [Give us courage, Lord, and clearness]
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Courage, my soul! while God is near

Author: Anon. Meter: Appears in 23 hymnals Lyrics: 1 Courage, my soul! while God is ... Topics: Faith Assurance of; Faith Blessedness of; Faith Power of; Faith Walking by; Fear Dispelled; God Omnipotent; Providence; Trust In God Used With Tune: DUKE STREET
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God of Grace and God of Glory

Author: Harry Emerson Fosdick Meter: Appears in 152 hymnals Lyrics: ... . Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the facing of this ... . Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the living of these ... . Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, lest we miss thy kingdom ... . Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, serving thee whom we adore ... Topics: Courage Used With Tune: CWM RHONDDA


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Appears in 130 hymnals Composer and/or Arranger: George Frideric Handel Tune Key: D Major Incipit: 53451 23454 32345 Used With Text: Thine is the Glory (À toi la gloire)
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Appears in 73 hymnals Composer and/or Arranger: Sir Arthur Sullivan Incipit: 55111 76715 67123 Used With Text: Courage, Brother! Do Not Stumble
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Meter: with refrain Appears in 17 hymnals Composer and/or Arranger: Horatio W. Parker Tune Key: C Major Incipit: 53166 67125 Used With Text: Fight the good fight with all thy might


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Courage! Fellow Pilgrim

Author: E. A. Walker Hymnal: Triumphant Songs No.5 #130 (1896) Lyrics: ... He is ever near. Refrain: Courage! fellow pilgrim, Tho’ the path ... Is not that enough? 2 Courage! fellow trav’ler, Over ... thee from harm. [Refrain] 3 Courage! fellow suff’rer, Tho’ ... Animate thy heart. [Refrain] 4 Courage! courage, Christian! Whatsoe’er thy lot ... Tune Title: [Courage! fellow pilgrim]

Be Strong and Courageous

Author: M. W. Bassford Hymnal: Hymns for Worship #22 (2011) First Line: Be strong and courageous you hosts of the Lord! Refrain First Line: Be strong and courageous and conquer the foe! Lyrics: Be strong and courageous, you hosts of ... Topics: Exhortation-Admonition; Warefare (Spiritual) Languages: English Tune Title: [Be strong and courageous you hosts of the Lord]
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Courage, Brother!

Author: Mary Brainerd Smith Hymnal: New Gospel Quartets for Men's Voices #7 (1923) First Line: Courage! Brother, stand! Refrain First Line: Courage! Courage! Languages: English Tune Title: [Courage! Brother, stand!]


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Arthur Sullivan

1842 - 1900 Composer of "COURAGE, BROTHER" in The Hymnal Arthur Seymour Sullivan (b Lambeth, London. England. 1842; d. Westminster, London, 1900) was born of an Italian mother and an Irish father who was an army band­master and a professor of music. Sullivan entered the Chapel Royal as a chorister in 1854. He was elected as the first Mendelssohn scholar in 1856, when he began his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He also studied at the Leipzig Conservatory (1858-1861) and in 1866 was appointed professor of composition at the Royal Academy of Music. Early in his career Sullivan composed oratorios and music for some Shakespeare plays. However, he is best known for writing the music for lyrics by William S. Gilbert, which produced popular operettas such as H.M.S. Pinafore (1878), The Pirates of Penzance (1879), The Mikado (1884), and Yeomen of the Guard (1888). These operettas satirized the court and everyday life in Victorian times. Although he com­posed some anthems, in the area of church music Sullivan is best remembered for his hymn tunes, written between 1867 and 1874 and published in The Hymnary (1872) and Church Hymns (1874), both of which he edited. He contributed hymns to A Hymnal Chiefly from The Book of Praise (1867) and to the Presbyterian collection Psalms and Hymns for Divine Worship (1867). A complete collection of his hymns and arrangements was published posthumously as Hymn Tunes by Arthur Sullivan (1902). Sullivan steadfastly refused to grant permission to those who wished to make hymn tunes from the popular melodies in his operettas. Bert Polman

John Bacchus Dykes

1823 - 1876 Person Name: J. B. Dykes Composer of "ST. OSWALD" in Redemption Songs 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

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

1809 - 1847 Person Name: F. Mendelssohn Composer of "[Courage, brother, do not stumble]" in Union Hymnal, Songs and Prayers for Jewish Worship. 3rd ed. Revised and enlarged. Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (b. Hamburg, Germany, 1809; d. Leipzig, Germany, 1847) was the son of banker Abraham Mendelssohn and the grandson of philosopher Moses Mendelssohn. His Jewish family became Christian and took the Bartholdy name (name of the estate of Mendelssohn's uncle) when baptized into the Lutheran church. The children all received an excellent musical education. Mendelssohn had his first public performance at the age of nine and by the age of sixteen had written several symphonies. Profoundly influenced by J. S. Bach's music, he conducted a performance of the St. Matthew Passion in 1829 (at age 20!) – the first performance since Bach's death, thus reintroducing Bach to the world. Mendelssohn organized the Domchor in Berlin and founded the Leipzig Conservatory of Music in 1843. Traveling widely, he not only became familiar with various styles of music but also became well known himself in countries other than Germany, especially in England. He left a rich treasury of music: organ and piano works, overtures and incidental music, oratorios (including St. Paul or Elijah and choral works, and symphonies. He harmonized a number of hymn tunes himself, but hymnbook editors also arranged some of his other tunes into hymn tunes. Bert Polman


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Hymns of Hope and Courage

Publication Date: 1937 Publisher: A. S. Barnes & Co. Publication Place: New York Editors: Anton T. Boisen; A. S. Barnes & Co.

Small Church Music

Editors: Norman Macleod 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 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 ( or Song Surgeon ( (see 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 Non-commercial use of these recordings is permitted. For permission to use them for any other purposes, please contact Home/Music( 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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