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O Thou, From Whom All Goodness Flows

Author: Thomas Haweis Meter: Appears in 416 hymnals

Goodness Is Stronger Than Evil

Author: Desmond Tutu Appears in 15 hymnals Text Sources: An African Prayer Book , Doubleday

Surely Goodness and Mercy

Author: John W. Peterson; Alfred B. Smith Meter: Irregular Appears in 31 hymnals First Line: A pilgrim was I, and a-wand'ring Refrain First Line: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me Lyrics: way home. Surely goodness and mercy shall ... Scripture: Psalm 23:6 Used With Tune: GOODNESS


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Composer: Robert Schumann Meter: Appears in 485 hymnals Tune Sources: Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1875 Tune Key: A Flat Major Incipit: 53334 32123 56712 Used With Text: Your Love, O God, Has Called Us Here
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[Yes, God is good, in earth and sky]

Composer: Lowell Mason Appears in 129 hymnals Incipit: 55162 17132 32171 Used With Text: Yes, God is good, in earth and sky


Composer: John W. Peterson; Alfred B. Smith Meter: Irregular Appears in 31 hymnals Tune Key: E Flat Major Incipit: 51113 21611 12222 Used With Text: Surely Goodness and Mercy


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Small Church Music

Editors: Elizabeth C. Clephane 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  

Good News Hymns

Publication Date: 1912 Publisher: Good News Press Publication Place: Bradford, Penn. ; New York, N.Y. Editors: Benjamin Franklin Butts; Good News Press
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The Reformed Church Hymnal

Publication Date: 1878 Publisher: H. Reutenik Publication Place: Cleveland, Oh. Editors: J. H. Good; I. H. Reiter; Samuel Mease; H. Reutenik


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Jesus Is Good to Me

Author: D. O. T. Hymnal: Timeless Truths #721 Meter: First Line: Jesus has been so good to me Lyrics: ... love repay, He’s so good to me. Refrain: Jesus is ... good to me, Jesus is good to me; Safely ... 2 Jesus has been so good to me, From this world ... never part, He’s so good to me. [Refrain] 3 Jesus ... home above, He’s so good to me. [Refrain] 4 ... Scripture: Ephesians 2:7 Tune Title: [Jesus has been so good to me]
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Good Will

Author: Margarette W. Snodgrass Hymnal: Good Will #3 (1882) First Line: Good will to men Refrain First Line: Good will, good will Lyrics: ... earth The echoes rang, Good will to men from heaven ... Good will, good will, Good will to men from heaven; Good will, good will, Good will ... . [Refrain] 3 Ring out good will From day to day ... er they go. Good will and gladsome greeting, Good will and gladsome ... Scripture: Luke 2:14 Languages: English Tune Title: [Good will to men]

Lord, You Are Good and Forgiving

Hymnal: Christian Worship #86D (2021) First Line: O Lord, you are good and forgiving Lyrics: Lord, you are good and forgiving, you ... Topics: God as Good Languages: English Tune Title: [O Lord, you are good and forgiving]


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Lanta Wilson Smith

1856 - 1939 Author of "Thanks Be to God" in Riches of Grace Lanta Wilson Smith was born July 19, 1856 at Castine, Maine, and died October 19, 1939 at Taunton, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of a Methodist minister, William J. Wilson, and his wife Sedelia Follett. Her father belonged to the Maine, and later the East Maine Conferences from 1846 until 1866, when he with his family traveled in a covered wagon to the west, where he served as minister in Nebraska and Dakota. Later he returned to New England and founded out his sixty-four years in the ministry at an appointment in Hingham, Massachusetts. From her early childhood Lanta sang and played the organ in church and Sunday school wherever her father was located. When seventeen she attended Bucksport Seminary, Maine, where she received some instruction in music, and where she began to write stories for the church papers. When David C. Cook introduced music and hymns into his publications, Lanta began to write hymns, some of which were used by him. She received assistance from such prominent composers as T. Martin Towne and E. O. Excell. "Scatter Sunshine" [see link below] was perhaps her most popular hymn. It was set to music by Mr. Excell and became such a favorite that he wrote her, "My, my, how I wish you would write another hymn like that. It has proved such a success that I believe I will send you a draft for twenty-five dollars to let you know how much I appreciate the hymn. Possibly this will inspire you to write another equally as good." Mrs. T. M. Towne attended the Christian Endeavor Convention in Washington in 1896, and after her return she wrote Mrs. Smith: "It's wonderful how the great chorus sang your hymn "Scatter Sunshine". A missionary in Japan asked, "May I not have, in your handwriting and over your signature, your beautiful hymn "Scatter Sunshine"? The possession and care of such a kindly souvenir of yourself will often cause me to remember you with gratiude and bring to kindly remembrance the brightness your message has brought to many a life." This request was complied with. The hymn has been adopted as the official hymn of the National Sunshine Society. Shortly after the convention just referred to Mr. Towne sent her a subject - Heaven - and insisted that the last line of the chorus should be "Is Jesus high over them all?" She writes, - "To build up a verse to match a last line beginning with "Is" was something new, and he wanted it in a hurry." When he wrote back he said "Hurrah, I knew you could do it." Asa Hull was another voluminous composer for whom she wrote hymns. In 1880 Miss Wilson married Rev. C. Hartley Smith, and for twelve years they preached and ministered in Dakota. Both were musicians, and wherever they made calls, they were ask to sing some of the beloved hymns of the church. On returning east Mr. Smith joined the New England Southern Conference, and completed thirty-seven years of preaching. Mrs. Smith wrote more than five hundred poems, articles and hymns, the greater part of this number being hymns. Her songs were written for many occasions, Children's Day, Christmas and Easter; there were also temperance hymns and three cantatas. Of one of her songs, "The saints shall have dominion in the morning", Professor Black thought she was giving the saints too much, but when she sent him a large sheet of paper filled with Bible references to the saints, he replied, "I give up. The saints are in for a pretty good time." She left her singing voice out on the prairie, but continued to write even to her eightieth year. --, posting a scan of her biography originally published in The Choir Herald, vol.50, n.6 (March 1947): 150-151.

Norman E. Johnson

1928 - 1983 Person Name: Norman E. Johnson, 1928-1983 Arranger of "GELOBT SEI GOTT" in The Covenant Hymnal

James M. Black

1856 - 1938 Composer of "[When the way is dark before us]" in Songs of Faith and Hope Number 2 James Milton Black USA 1856-1938 Born in South Hill, NY, Black was an American hymn composer, choir leader and Sunday school teacher. He worked, lived,and died in Williamsport, PA. An active member, he worked at the Pine Tree Methodist Episcopal Church there. He married Lucy Love Levan. He started his music career with John Howard of New York and Daniel B. Towner of the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. He edited a dozen gospel song books and wrote nearly 1500 songs. He also served on the commission for the 1905 Methodist Hymnal. John Perry


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