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Again We Keep This Solemn Fast

Author: Gregory the Great, c. 540-604; Peter J. Scagnelli, b. 1949 Meter: Appears in 10 hymnals Lyrics: we keep this solemn fast A gift of faith ... Topics: Fasting Scripture: Joel 2:12-18 Used With Tune: OLD HUNDREDTH

Hymn for Those Who Fast

Author: R. Martin Pope; Aurelius Clemens Prudentius Appears in 1 hymnal First Line: O Jesus, Light of Bethlehem Lyrics: ... our frugal board; Accept our fast, our sacrifice, And smile upon ... disturb The peace attained by fast and prayer. Moses, through ... All human weakness overthrown By fasting's power, His mortal frame ... Crushed out by soul-restoring fast Vanish the sins that rankly ...

Abide With Me

Author: Henry F. Lyte Meter: Appears in 1,437 hymnals First Line: Abide with me: fast falls the eventide Lyrics: 1 Abide with me; fast falls the eventide. The darkness ... Topics: Walking with God Prayer and Devotion Used With Tune: EVENTIDE


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Composer: William H. Monk Meter: Appears in 387 hymnals Tune Key: E Flat Major Incipit: 33215 65543 34565 Used With Text: Abide With Me; Fast Falls the Eventide

[My latest sun is sinking fast]

Composer: Rev. J. Haskell Appears in 25 hymnals Incipit: 55555 61165 13215 Used With Text: Angel Band

[The cross, it standeth fast]

Composer: James McGranahan Appears in 36 hymnals Incipit: 51712 34512 17232 Used With Text: Hallelujah for the Cross!


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Abide with me, fast falls the eventide

Author: Rev. Henry F. Lyte Hymnal: Alleluia #11 (1916) Topics: Afternoon and Evening Languages: English Tune Title: [Abide with me, fast falls the eventide]

Abide With Me ! Fast Falls the Eventide

Author: H. F.Lyte Hymnal: The Baptist Standard Hymnal with Responsive Readings #35 (1924) First Line: Abide with me, fast falls the eventide Topics: Worship and Praise Evening Languages: English Tune Title: EVENTIDE

Fast falls the Eventide

Author: Rev. Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847) Hymnal: Many Voices; or, Carmina Sanctorum, Evangelistic Edition with Tunes #38 (1891) First Line: Abide with me: fast falls the eventide Topics: Christ Abiding with Believers; Death Anticipated; Evening; Evening Of life; Old Age Scripture: Luke 24:29 Tune Title: EVENTIDE


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Ada R. Habershon

1861 - 1918 Author of "每當我怕信心失喪, (He will hold me fast)" in 生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 Ada Ruth Habershon (1861-1918) was a Christian hymnist, probably best known for her 1907 hymn "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" Ada R. Habershon was born in Marylebone, England on Jan­u­a­ry 8, 1861. Her father, Dr. Samuel Osborne Ha­ber­shon, was a noted physician; her mother was Grace Habershon. She was raised in Chelsea, London, in a Christian home. In her twenties, she was a member of the circle surrounding Charles Spurgeon. She met Dwight L. Moody and Ira D. Sankey in 1884 during their preaching tour of England. At their urging, she visited the United States, delivering a series of lectures on the Old Testament that were later published. Habershon's first foray into hymn writing came in 1899, when she wrote several hymns in the German language. She wrote her first English language hymns in 1901, while ill. In 1905, Charles M. Alexander and Ruben A. Torrey toured the UK, and Alexander asked Habershon to write hymns for use during this evangelistic tour. Habershon ultimately sent Alexander over 200 hymns. Works by Ada R. Habershon Types in the Old Testament, 1898 Vorbilder: Christus im alten Testament, 1899 The Study of the Types (London: Morgan & Scott, 1898) The Study of the Parables (London: Nisbet, 1904) The Bible and the British Museum (London: Morgan & Scott, 1904) The Priests and Levites, a Type of the Church; a Bible Study, 1908 A Sevenfold Method of Studying the Epistles to the Seven Churches, 1914 Hidden Pictures: Or, How the New Testament is Concealed in the Old Testament (London: Flemming H. Revell Company, 1916) The Day of Atonement in Its Prophetic Aspect, 1916 A Gatherer of Fresh Spoil; an Autobiography and Memoir, 1918 I Am a Prayer and Other Poems, 1918 Israel’s Exodus: Past and Future, 1918 Outline Study of the Tabernacle The Victorian Handbook of Types Study of the Miracles

Robert Harkness

1880 - 1961 Composer of "[He will hold me fast]" in 生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986

Ira David Sankey

1840 - 1908 Person Name: I. D. S. Author of "Vor faste Klippe" in Evangeli harpe Sankey, Ira David, was born in Edinburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1840, of Methodist parents. About 1856 he removed with his parents to Newcastle, Pennsylvania, where he became a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Four years afterwards he became the Superintendent of a large Sunday School in which he commenced his career of singing sacred songs and solos. Mr. Moody met with him and heard him sing at the International Convention of the Young Men's Christian Association, at Indianapolis, and through Mr. Moody's persuasion he joined him in his work at Chicago. After some two or three years' work in Chicago, they sailed for England on June 7, 1872, and held their first meeting at York a short time afterwards, only eight persons being present. Their subsequent work in Great Britain and America is well known. Mr. Sankey's special duty was the singing of sacred songs and solos at religious gatherings, a practice which was in use in America for some time before he adopted it. His volume of Sacred Songs and Solos is a compilation from various sources, mainly American and mostly in use before. Although known as Sankey and Moody’s Songs, only one song, "Home at last, thy labour done" is by Mr. Sankey, and not one is by Mr. Moody. Mr. Sankey supplied several of the melodies. The English edition of the Sacred Songs & Solos has had an enormous sale; and the work as a whole is very popular for Home Mission services. The Songs have been translated into several languages. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907) Pseudonymns: Harry S. Low­er Rian A. Dykes ==================== Sankey, I. D., p. 994, i. During the past fifteen years Mr. Sankey's Sacred Songs and Solos have had a very large sale, which has justified him in increasing the number of songs and hymns, including " New Hymns and Solos," to 1200. In 1906 he published My Life and Sacred Songs (London : Morgan & Scott). In addition to the "Story of his Own Life," the work contains an account of the most popular of his solos, with interesting reminiscences of the spiritual awakening of many who were influenced through his singing of them in public. In this respect it corresponds in some measure with G. J. Stevenson's Methodist Hymn Book, &c, 1883 (p. 1094, i.). It is an addition to the Sacred Songs and Solos, which will be held in esteem by many. In addition to his hymn, noted on p. 994, ii., Mr. Sankey gives details of the following:— 1. Out of the shadow-land into the sunshine. [Heaven Anticipated.] Mr. Sankey's account of this hymn is:— "I wrote this hymn specially for the memorial service held for Mr. Moody in Carnegie Hall, where 1 also sang it as a solo. It is the last sacred song of which I wrote both the words and music. The idea was suggested by Mr. Moody's last words, 'Earth recedes; heaven opens before me . . . God is calling me, and I must go.' On account of its peculiar association with my fellow-labourer in the Gospel for so many years, the words are here given in full." The hymn follows on p. 185, in 3 stanzas of 4 lines and a chorus. 2. Rejoice! Rejoice! our King is coming, [Advent.] Mr. Sankey writes concerning this hymn:— "During one of my trips to Great Britain on the SS. City of Rome a storm raged on the sea. The wind was howling through the rigging, and waves like mountains of foam were breaking over the bow of the vessel. A great fear had fallen upon the passengers. When the storm was at its worst, we all thought we might soon go to the bottom of the sea. The conviction came to me that the Lord would be with us iu the trying hour, and sitting down in the reading room, I composed this hymn. Before reaching England the tune had formed itself in my mind, and on arriving in London I wrote it out, and had it published in Sacred Songs and Solos, where it is No. 524 in the edition. of 1888. From Mr. Sankey's autobiographical sketch we gather that he was born at Edinburgh, in Western Pennsylvania, Aug. 28, 1840, joined Mr. Moody in 1871, and visited England for the first time in 1873. The original of the Sacred Songs, &c, of 23 pieces only, was offered as a gift to the London publishers of P. Phillips's Hallowed Song, and declined by them. It was subsequently accepted by Mr. K. O. Morgan, of Morgan & Scott, and is now a volume of 1200 hymns. From a return kindly sent us by Messrs. Morgan & Scott, we find that the various issues of the Sacred Songs and Solos were:— In 1873, 24 pp.; 1874, 72 pp. ; 1876, 153 hymns; 1877, 271 hymns; 1881, 441 hymns; 1888, 750 hymns; 1903, 1200 hymns. In addition, The Christian Choir, which is generally associated with the Sacred Songs and Solos, was issued in 1884 with 75 hymns, and in 1896 with 281. The New Hymns & Solos, by the same firm, were published in 1888. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)


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Hymns Suited to the Feasts and Fasts of the Church ...

Publication Date: 1786 Publisher: Hall & Sellers Publication Place: Philadelphia, Penn. Editors: Hall & Sellers

Small Church Music

Editors: Bessie Porter Head Description: The SmallChurchMusic site was commenced in 2006 grew 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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