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A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Author: M. L. Meter: Appears in 670 hymnals First Line: A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing Lyrics: ... mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing; ... side, the Man of God’s own choosing: Dost ask ... will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to ... his doom is sure, One little word shall fell him ... body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still, His kingdom ... Scripture: Psalm 46:1 Used With Tune: EIN' FESTE BURG Text Sources: Timeless Truths (; The Cyber Hymnal (
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Now thank we all our God

Author: Miss Catherine Winkworth, 1829-1878; Martin Rinkart, 1586-1649 Appears in 683 hymnals Lyrics: ... Now thank we all our God, With heart, and hands, ... Who, from our mother's arms, Hath blessed us on ... . Oh may this bounteous God Through all our life be ... praise and thanks to God The Father now be ... in highest heaven, The one eternal God Whom earth and heaven ... Topics: The Godhead Adoration and Praise; Harvest Hymns; Providence; Pardon; Thanksgiving For Life's Mercies Used With Tune: NUN DANKET
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Blest Is the One Who Helps the Weak

Meter: Appears in 1 hymnal First Line: Blest is the one who helps the weak and poor Lyrics: the weak and poor; God will deliver him in ... Blest is the one who helps the weak ... Topics: Poor; Sickness Scripture: Psalm 41 Used With Tune: MORECAMBE Text Sources: OPC/URCNA 2016


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Meter: D with refrain Appears in 929 hymnals Composer and/or Arranger: Arthur S. Sullivan, 1842-1900 Tune Key: E Flat Major Incipit: 55555 65221 23135 Used With Text: Onward, Christian Soldiers


Meter: Appears in 604 hymnals Composer and/or Arranger: Martin Luther Tune Sources: Timeless Truths (; The Cyber Hymnal ( Tune Key: C Major Incipit: 11156 71765 17656 Used With Text: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
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Meter: Appears in 368 hymnals Tune Sources: Musikalisches Handbuch, Hamburg, 1690; alt. 1990 Tune Key: B Flat Major Incipit: 51566 54334 32554 Used With Text: O Splendor of God's Glory Bright


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Church of God

Author: Frances R. Havergal; Daniel S. Warner Hymnal: Timeless Truths #852 Meter: D with refrain First Line: Church of God, thou spotless virgin Lyrics: ... His bride. Sanctified by God the Father, Built by ... the Holy Three in One. 2 God Himself has set the ... moves along. 3 Church of God, “beloved city,” Thou ... , all in all. 4 God’s own holiness within thee, His ... . Far above this world’s confusion, Walking close by ... Scripture: Hebrews 12:22-23 Tune Title: [Church of God, thou spotless virgin]
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God the Father, Bless Us

Author: Unknown Hymnal: Melodies for Little People #25 (1891) First Line: Bless us, God our Father! Languages: English Tune Title: [Bless us, God our Father!]
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God's Way

Author: L. S. L. Hymnal: Gospel Gems Number 1 #75 (1914) First Line: God's way is the best way Refrain First Line: God's way is the best way Languages: English Tune Title: [God's way is the best way]


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Johnson Oatman, Jr.

1856 - 1922 Author of "No, Not One!" in The Celebration Hymnal Johnson Oatman, Jr., son of Johnson and Rachel Ann Oatman, was born near Medford, N. J., April 21, 1856. His father was an excellent singer, and it always delighted the son to sit by his side and hear him sing the songs of the church. Outside of the usual time spent in the public schools, Mr. Oatman received his education at Herbert's Academy, Princetown, N. J., and the New Jersey Collegiate Institute, Bordentown, N. J. At the age of nineteen he joined the M.E. Church, and a few years later he was granted a license to preach the Gospel, and still later he was regularly ordained by Bishop Merrill. However, Mr. Oatman only serves as a local preacher. For many years he was engaged with his father in the mercantile business at Lumberton, N. J., under the firm name of Johnson Oatman & Son. Since the death of his father, he has for the past fifteen years been in the life insurance business, having charge of the business of one of the great companies in Mt. Holly, N. J., where he resides. He has written over three thousand hymns, and no gospel song book is considered as being complete unless it contains some of his hymns. In 1878 he married Wilhelmina Reid, of Lumberton, N.J. and had three children, Rachel, Miriam, and Percy. Excerpted from Biography of Gospel Song and Hymn Writers by Jacob Henry Hall; Fleming H. Revell, Co. 1914

P. P. Bilhorn

1865 - 1936 Person Name: Peter P. Bilhorn, 1865-1936 Author of "Sweet Peace, the Gift of God's Love" in Hymnal of the Church of God Pseudonyms: W. Ferris Britcher, Irene Durfee; C. Ferris Holden, P. H. Rob­lin (a an­a­gram of his name) ================ Peter Philip Bilhorn was born, in Mendota, IL. His father died in the Civil War 3 months before he was born. His early life was not easy. At age 8, he had to leave school to help support the family. At age 15, living in Chicago, he had a great singing voice and sang in German beer gardens there. At this time, he and his brother also formed the Eureka Wagon & Carriage Works in Chicago, IL. At 18 Peter became involved in gospel music, studying under George F. Root and George C. Stebbins. He traveled to the Dakotas and spent some time sharing the gospel with cowboys there. He traveled extensively with D. L. Moody, and was Billy Sunday's song leader on evangelistic endeavors. His evangelistic work took him into all the states of the Union, Great Britain, and other foreign countries. In London he conducted a 4000 voice choir in the Crystal Palace, and Queen Victoria invited him to sing in Buckinghm Palace. He wrote some 2000 gospel songs in his lifetime. He also invented a folding portable telescoping pump organ, weighing 16 lbs. It could be set up in about a minute. He used it at revivals in the late 19th century. He founded the Bilhorn Folding Organ Company in Chicago. IL, and his organ was so popular it was sold all over the world. He edited 10 hymnals and published 11 gospel songbooks. He died in Los Angeles, CA, in 1936. John Perry

Samuel Longfellow

1819 - 1892 Person Name: Samuel Longfellow, 1819-1892 Author of "One Holy Church of God Appears" in Hymnal of the Church of God Longfellow, Samuel, B. A., brother of the Poet, was born at Portland, Maine, June 18, 1819, and educated at Harvard, where he graduated in Arts in 1839, and in Theology in 1846. On receiving ordination as an Unitarian Minister, he became Pastor at Fall River, Massachusetts, 1848; at Brooklyn, 1853; and at Germantown, Pennsylvania, 1860. In 1846 he edited, with the Rev. S. Johnson (q. v.), A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. This collection was enlarged and revised in 1848. In 1859 his Vespers was published, and in 1864 the Unitarian Hymns of the Spirit , under the joint editorship of the Rev. S. Johnson and himself. His Life of his brother, the Poet Longfellow, was published in 1886. To the works named he contributed the following hymns:— i. To A Book of Hymns , revised ed., 1848. 1. Beneath the shadow of the Cross. Love. 2. 0 God, thy children gathered here. Ordination. ii. To the Vespers 1859. 3. Again as evening's shadow falls. Evening. 4. Now on land and sea descending. Evening. iii. To the Hymns of the Spirit, 1864. 5. A voice by Jordan's shore. Advent. 6. Father, give Thy benediction. Ordination. 7. Go forth to life, 0 child of earth. Life's Mission. 8. God of ages and of nations. Holy Scriptures. 9. Holy Spirit, Truth divine. The Holy Spirit desired. 10. I look to Thee in every need. Trust in God. 11. In the beginning was the Word. The Word. 12. Love for all, and can it be? Lent. The Prodigal Son. 13. 0 God, in Whom we live and move. God's Law and Love. 14. 0 God, Thou Giver of all good. Prayer for Food. 15. O still in accents sweet and strong. Missions. 16. 0 Thou, Whose liberal sun and rain. Anniversary of Church dedication. 17. One holy Church of God appears. The Church Universal. 18. Out of the dark, the circling sphere. The Outlook. 19. Peace, peace on earth! the heart of man for ever. Peace on Earth. 20. The loving Friend to all who bowed. Jesus of Nazareth. 21. ’Tis winter now, the fallen snow. Winter. Of these, hymn No. 2 was written for the Ordination of E. E. Hale (q. v.), at Worcester, 1846. Several are included in Martineau's Hymns, 1873. Died Oct. 3, 1892. [Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907), p. 685 =============== Longfellow, S., p. 685, i. Since Mr. Longfellow's death on Oct. 3, 1892, his hymns have been collected by his niece, Miss Alice Longfellow, as Hymns and Verses(Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1904.) From this work we find many of the hymns signed Anon, in the Index to Longfellow and Johnson's Hymns of the Spirit, 1864, were his; several of these, including E. Osier's "O God unseen, yet ever near," were popular English hymns which he rewrote from his own theological standpoint. These re¬written hymns are very widely used by Unitarians and others. During the last ten years the following additional hymns by S. Long¬fellow have come into common use:— 1. Eternal One, Thou living God. Faith in God. 2. God of the earth, the sky, the sea. God in Nature. 3. God's trumpet wakes the slumbering world. Call to duty. 4. Light of ages and of nations. God in and through all time. 5. Lo, the earth is risen again. Spring. (1876.) 6. Now while we sing our closing psalm. Close of Worship. 7. O Life that maketh all things new. Unity. (1874.) 8. O Thou in Whom we live and move. The Divine Law. 9. The summer days are come again. Summer. From his hymn,"The sweet[bright] June days are come again." 10. Thou Lord of lite, our saving health. In Sickness. (1886.) Of these hymns Nos. 2, 3 appeared in the Hymns of the Spirit, 1864, and all with the dates appended in Hymns and Verses, 1904. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907) ==================


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Song and Study for God's Little Ones

Publication Date: 1894 Publisher: R. R. McCabe & Co. Publication Place: Chicago Editors: Miss Bertha F. Vella; R. R. McCabe & Co.; C.C. McCabe; D. B. Towner; W. N. Hartshorn