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Psalm 27

Appears in 17 hymnals First Line: The LORD is my light and my salvation Refrain First Line: The Lord is my light and my salvation Topics: Psalms Scripture: Psalm 27 Used With Tune: [The Lord is my light and my salvation] Text Sources: Antiphon: Lectionary for Mass ; Verses: The Revised Grail Psalms

God Is Our Refuge and Our Strength (Psalm 46)

Meter: Appears in 18 hymnals First Line: God is our refuge and our strength Lyrics: 1 God is our refuge and our strength, our ever-present aid, and therefore, though the earth be moved, we will not be afraid; 2 Though hills amid the seas be cast, though foaming waters roar, yea, though the mighty billows shake the mountains on the shore. ... Topics: Assurance; The Life of the Nations; Sovereignty of God Scripture: Psalm 46 Used With Tune: WINCHESTER OLD Text Sources: Stanzas 1–2, The New Metrical Version of the Psalms, 1909

Psalm 8

Appears in 3 hymnals First Line: O LORD, our Lord, how majestic Refrain First Line: From the voices of children, Lord Topics: Psalms Scripture: Psalm 8 Used With Tune: [From the voices of children, Lord] Text Sources: Antiphon: The Grail; Verses: The Revised Grail Psalms


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The Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs of the Old and New-Testament

Publication Date: 1742 Publisher: Daniel Henchman and Thomas Hancock Publication Place: Boston

The Book of Psalms for Worship

Publication Date: 2010 Publisher: Crown and Covenant Publications Publication Place: Pittsburgh, PA
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Presbyterian Hymnal

Publication Date: 1990 Publisher: Westminster/John Knox Press Publication Place: Louisville, KY Description: This hymnal, published by the Presbyterian Church USA in 1990, is also sold under the title Hymns, Psalms, & Spiritual Songs See also these related publications: The Presbyterian Hymnal Companion and Complete Concordance and Indexes which may be partially viewed in Google Books. William S. Smith has graciously made his Hymnsearch: Indexes for the Presbyterian Hymnal, 3rd ed available to Hymnary.org users. This is an essential resource for all those who plan worship with the Presbyterian Hymnal. It includes a comprehensive scripture index, an expanded index of topics and categories, a liturgical index, a reverse index (from hymn to scripture), and more.


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Composer: Stuart K. Hine Appears in 99 hymnals Tune Key: B Flat Major Incipit: 55535 55664 66665 Used With Text: How Great Thou Art


Meter: Appears in 166 hymnals Tune Key: F Major Incipit: 12321 76512 34321 Used With Text: Comfort, Comfort You My People


Composer: John Francis Wade Meter: with refrain Appears in 560 hymnals Tune Sources: The English Hymnal, 1906, harm. from Tune Key: G Major Incipit: 11512 55323 43211 Used With Text: O Come, All Ye Faithful


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A Merry Psalm

Author: Louis F. Mitchel Hymnal: The Joy Bells of Canaan or Burning Bush Songs No. 2 #58 (1905) First Line: I’ve in my heart a merry psalm Refrain First Line: Hallelujah praise the Lord Lyrics: ... in my heart a merry psalm, Praise the Lord, praise the ... Languages: English Tune Title: [I’ve in my heart a merry psalm]

Now While We Sing Our Closing Psalm

Author: Samuel Longfellow Hymnal: The Praise Book for Young People's Societies, Church Prayer Meetings and Sunday Schools #48 (1906) Lyrics: ... while we sing our closing psalm, With rev’rent lips and ... Topics: Calmness; Parting Hymns; Praise general; Prayer Meeting Closing; Worship; Worship Closing Tune Title: [Now while we sing our closing psalm]

Sing a Psalm of Joy

Author: Marie J. Post Hymnal: Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #81 (1987) Meter: Lyrics: Sing a psalm of joy! Shout in ... Topics: Songs for Children Psalms Scripture: Psalm 81 Languages: English Tune Title: GENEVAN 81


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Betty Pulkingham

b. 1928 Person Name: Betty Carr Pulkingham Adapter of "A LA VENUE DE NOËL" in Psalms for All Seasons Betty Carr Pulkingham was born in 1928 and educated in North Carolina, receiving a B.S. in music from the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina (now the University of North Carolina at Greensborough). Following graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music, she became an Instructor of Music Theory at the University of Texas. Her music career has also included the direction of choirs in schools and in churches, most notably, the choir of Church of the Redeemer, where her late husband, the Rev. Graham Pulkingham, served as rector. They became founding members of the Anglican-based Community of Celebration. During the Community's residence in the UK (1974-85), Betty had a primary role in the development of resources for Christian worship and nurture. A significant aspect of Betty Pulkingham's teaching ministry has been the ability to blend successfully the discipline of traditional, classical musicianship with the folk arts. She has co-edited four major songbooks/hymnal supplements, written two books, four settings of service music for the Eucharist, responsorial psalters, as well as many hymns, anthems and songs for children. Since 1993, she has made her home in Burlington, North Carolina, where in 1996, she married Herbert Wendell, with whom she shared oversight and care of her aging mother and aunt until his death in 2001. She is a Companion of the Community of Celebration in Aliquippa, PA. --Paraclete Press

Charles Wesley

1707 - 1788 Person Name: Charles Wesley, 1707-1788 Author of "Psalm 136:1-9, 23-26 (A Responsorial Setting)" in Psalms for All Seasons Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepened, and he became one of the first band of "Oxford Methodists." In 1735 he went with his brother John to Georgia, as secretary to General Oglethorpe, having before he set out received Deacon's and Priest's Orders on two successive Sundays. His stay in Georgia was very short; he returned to England in 1736, and in 1737 came under the influence of Count Zinzendorf and the Moravians, especially of that remarkable man who had so large a share in moulding John Wesley's career, Peter Bonier, and also of a Mr. Bray, a brazier in Little Britain. On Whitsunday, 1737, he "found rest to his soul," and in 1738 he became curate to his friend, Mr. Stonehouse, Vicar of Islington, but the opposition of the churchwardens was so great that the Vicar consented that he "should preach in his church no more." Henceforth his work was identified with that of his brother John, and he became an indefatigable itinerant and field preacher. On April 8, 1749, he married Miss Sarah Gwynne. His marriage, unlike that of his brother John, was a most happy one; his wife was accustomed to accompany him on his evangelistic journeys, which were as frequent as ever until the year 1756," when he ceased to itinerate, and mainly devoted himself to the care of the Societies in London and Bristol. Bristol was his headquarters until 1771, when he removed with his family to London, and, besides attending to the Societies, devoted himself much, as he had done in his youth, to the spiritual care of prisoners in Newgate. He had long been troubled about the relations of Methodism to the Church of England, and strongly disapproved of his brother John's "ordinations." Wesley-like, he expressed his disapproval in the most outspoken fashion, but, as in the case of Samuel at an earlier period, the differences between the brothers never led to a breach of friendship. He died in London, March 29, 1788, and was buried in Marylebone churchyard. His brother John was deeply grieved because he would not consent to be interred in the burial-ground of the City Road Chapel, where he had prepared a grave for himself, but Charles said, "I have lived, and I die, in the Communion of the Church of England, and I will be buried in the yard of my parish church." Eight clergymen of the Church of England bore his pall. He had a large family, four of whom survived him; three sons, who all became distinguished in the musical world, and one daughter, who inherited some of her father's poetical genius. The widow and orphans were treated with the greatest kindness and generosity by John Wesley. As a hymn-writer Charles Wesley was unique. He is said to have written no less than 6500 hymns, and though, of course, in so vast a number some are of unequal merit, it is perfectly marvellous how many there are which rise to the highest degree of excellence. His feelings on every occasion of importance, whether private or public, found their best expression in a hymn. His own conversion, his own marriage, the earthquake panic, the rumours of an invasion from France, the defeat of Prince Charles Edward at Culloden, the Gordon riots, every Festival of the Christian Church, every doctrine of the Christian Faith, striking scenes in Scripture history, striking scenes which came within his own view, the deaths of friends as they passed away, one by one, before him, all furnished occasions for the exercise of his divine gift. Nor must we forget his hymns for little children, a branch of sacred poetry in which the mantle of Dr. Watts seems to have fallen upon him. It would be simply impossible within our space to enumerate even those of the hymns which have become really classical. The saying that a really good hymn is as rare an appearance as that of a comet is falsified by the work of Charles Wesley; for hymns, which are really good in every respect, flowed from his pen in quick succession, and death alone stopped the course of the perennial stream. It has been the common practice, however for a hundred years or more to ascribe all translations from the German to John Wesley, as he only of the two brothers knew that language; and to assign to Charles Wesley all the original hymns except such as are traceable to John Wesley through his Journals and other works. The list of 482 original hymns by John and Charles Wesley listed in this Dictionary of Hymnology have formed an important part of Methodist hymnody and show the enormous influence of the Wesleys on the English hymnody of the nineteenth century. -- Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907) ================== Charles Wesley, the son of Samuel Wesley, was born at Epworth, Dec. 18, 1707. He was educated at Westminster School and afterwards at Christ Church, Oxford, where he graduated M.A. In 1735, he took Orders and immediately proceeded with his brother John to Georgia, both being employed as missionaries of the S.P.G. He returned to England in 1736. For many years he engaged with his brother in preaching the Gospel. He died March 29, 1788. To Charles Wesley has been justly assigned the appellation of the "Bard of Methodism." His prominence in hymn writing may be judged from the fact that in the "Wesleyan Hymn Book," 623 of the 770 hymns were written by him; and he published more than thirty poetical works, written either by himself alone, or in conjunction with his brother. The number of his separate hymns is at least five thousand. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872.

Joseph Medlicott Scriven

1819 - 1886 Person Name: Joseph M. Scriven Author of "Psalm 41 (A Responsorial Reading)" in Psalms for All Seasons Scriven, Joseph. Mr. Sankey, in his My Life and Sacred Songs, 1906, p. 279, says that Scriven was b. in Dublin in 1820, was a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, and went to Canada when he was 25, and died there at Port Hope, on Lake Ontario, in 1886. His hymn:— What a Friend we have in Jesus. [Jesus our Friend] was, according to Mr. Sankey, discovered to be his in the following manner: "A neighbour, sitting up with him in his illness, happened upon a manuscript of 'What a Friend we have in Jesus.' Reading it with great delight, and questioning Mr. Scriven about it, he said he had composed it for his mother, to comfort her in a time of special eorrow, not intending any one else should see it." We find the hymn in H. 1... Hastings's Social Hymns, Original and Selected, 1865, No. 242; and his Song of Pilgrimage, 1886, No. 1291, where it is attributed to "Joseph Scriven, cir. 1855." It is found in many modern collections. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)


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