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Be Still, My Soul

Author: Jane Borthwick; Kathrina von Schlegel Meter: Appears in 163 hymnals First Line: Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side Topics: Funeral Hymns
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Funeral hymn—death

Meter: Appears in 120 hymnals First Line: Stoop down, my thoughts Topics: Death

Nearer, My God, to Thee ( Mon Dieu, plus près de toi)

Author: Sarah Flower Adams; Charles Châtelanat Meter: Appears in 2,285 hymnals First Line: Nearer, my God, to thee (Mon Dieu, plus près de toi) Lyrics: 1 Nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee! E'en though it be a cross that raiseth me, still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to thee; nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee! 2 Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down, darkness be over me, my rest ... Topics: Funerals and Memorial Services; The Church at Worship Funeral Used With Tune: EXCELSIOR (BETHANY)


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Composer: William H. Doane, 1832-1915 Meter: with refrain Appears in 207 hymnals Tune Key: A Flat Major Incipit: 51321 21561 76165 Used With Text: Take the Name of Jesus with You
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Composer: William B. Bradbury Meter: with refrain Appears in 366 hymnals Tune Key: D Major Incipit: 53215 64465 33213 Used With Text: He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought

[May the angels lead you into paradise]

Composer: Howard Hughes, SM, b. 1930 Appears in 7 hymnals Tune Sources: Music for Rite of Funerals and Rite of Baptism for Children Tune Key: A Major Incipit: 55712 32121 2 Used With Text: May the Angels Lead You into Paradise


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Published text-tune combinations (hymns) from specific hymnals


Hymnal: The Social Harp #251 (1973) First Line: I heard a great voice from heav'n, saying unto me Tune Title: FUNERAL ANTHEM

Funeral Rites

Hymnal: Catholic Book of Worship III #10 (1994) Languages: English


Hymnal: The Shenandoah Harmony #222 (2012) First Line: My life's a shade, my days Tune Title: FUNERAL HYMN


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Annie S. Hawks

1835 - 1918 Person Name: Annie S. Hawks, 1835–1918 Author of "I Need Thee Every Hour" in Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Hawks, Annie Sherwood. Mrs. Hawks was born in Hoosick, N. Y., May 28, 1835, and has resided for many years at Brooklyn. Her hymns were contributed to Bright Jewels, Pure Gold, Boyal Diadem, Brightest and Best, Temple Anthems, Tidal Wave, and other popular Sunday School hymnbooks. They include "I need Thee every hour" (written April, 1872), "Thine, most gracious Lord," "Why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou?" and others of the same type. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907) ==============

William Billings

1746 - 1800 Person Name: Billings Composer of "FUNERAL ANTHEM" in The Social Harp William Billings (b. 1746; d. 1800) was an American choral composer, thought by some to be the father of American choral music. His father died when William was 14, and he was forced to drop all formal education and take up tanning to get by. With no formal musical training he began to compose, and his songs were well-loved and traveled quickly. However, due to unsubstantial copyright laws, Billings received hardly a penny from the publication of his music. After a period of fame and prosperity, his music was forgotten, and his last decade was one of decline. Married with six children, he died in poverty, though his music would be resurrected after his death and sung to this day. Laura de Jong

A. Williams

1731 - 1776 Person Name: Aaron Williams Composer of "DOVER" in The African Methodist Episcopal Hymn and Tune Book Aaron Williams (b. London, England, 1731; d. London, 1776) was a singing teacher, music engraver, and clerk at the Scottish Church, London Wall. He published various church music collections, some intended for rural church choirs. Representative of his compilations are The Universal Psalmodist (1763)— published in the United States as The American Harmony (1769)—The Royal Harmony (1766), The New Universal Psalmodist (1770), and Psalmody in Miniature (1778). His Harmonia Coelestis (1775) included anthems by noted composers. Bert Polman


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Funeral Hymns

Publication Date: 1759 Publisher: Strahan Publication Place: London, England Editors: Charles Wesley


Publication Date: 1878 Publisher: Oliver Ditson & Co. Publication Place: Boston, Mass. Editors: W. Perkins; Oliver Ditson & Co.


A lively, rhythmic setting of II Timothy 1:10, framed by alleluias. May be used as the Verse for the…
New tune CARBERRY TOWER by composer. Reflects elements of Scottish folksong. Funeral/memorial servic…
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