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Religion Is the Chief Concern

Author: John Fawcett Meter: Appears in 250 hymnals Lyrics: 1. Religion is the chief concern Of ... give us such repose. 3. Religion should our thoughts engage, Amidst ... Used With Tune: GREEN HILL (Peace) Text Sources: Hymns Adapted to the Circumstances of Public Worship and Private Devotion , 1782

The Old-Time Religion

Meter: with refrain Appears in 295 hymnals First Line: It was good for my mother Refrain First Line: Gimme that old-time religion Topics: Salvation Used With Tune: OLD TIME RELIGION Text Sources: Unknown
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Let Us Walk in the Light

Appears in 276 hymnals First Line: 'Tis religion that can give Used With Tune: ['Tis religion that can give]


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[It was good for our mothers]

Appears in 123 hymnals Tune Key: A Major Incipit: 55611 16511 12232 Used With Text: Old-Time Religion
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['Tis religion that can give]

Composer: H. Waters Appears in 4 hymnals Incipit: 13351 33244 46655 Used With Text: Walk In the Light


Composer: Albert Lister Peace Meter: Appears in 62 hymnals Tune Key: E Flat Major Incipit: 33321 44325 54366 Used With Text: Religion Is the Chief Concern


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The Old-Time Religion

Author: M. J. H. Hymnal: Timeless Truths #991 Meter: First Line: I believe in the old-time religion Refrain First Line: Oh, give me the old-time religion Lyrics: ... believe in the old-time religion, For it saves from ... give me the old-time religion, Oh, give me the ... believe in the old-time religion, As our fathers received ... believe in a heartfelt religion That brings joy to ... believe in the old-time religion, For we know we ... Topics: Experience Scripture: Jude 3 Tune Title: [I believe in the old-time religion]

Have You Got Religion?

Author: Herman Altizer; B. B. Edmiaston Hymnal: Heaven's Banner #126 (1955) First Line: Have you got religion, Holy Ghost religion Refrain First Line: Have you got the good old-time religion now Languages: English Tune Title: [Have you got religion, Holy Ghost religion]
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The Old-Time Religion

Author: Mrs. M. J. H. Hymnal: The Best of All #S15 (1910) First Line: I believe in the old time religion Refrain First Line: Oh give me the old time religion Tune Title: [I believe in the old time religion]


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R. E. Winsett

1876 - 1952 Person Name: R. E. W. Arranger of "[It was good for our mothers]" in Soul Inspiring Songs Robert Emmett Winsett (January 15, 1876 — June 26, 1952 (aged 76) was an American composer and publisher of Gospel music. Winsett was born in Bledsoe County, Tennessee, and graduated from the Bowman Normal School of Music in 1899. He founded his own publishing company in 1903, and his first publication, Winsett's Favorite Songs, quickly became popular among the Baptist and Pentecostal churches of the American South. Pentecostal Power followed in 1907; that year Winsett completed postgraduate work at a conservatory. He married Birdie Harris in 1908, and had three sons and two daughters with her. He settled in Fort Smith, Arkansas, continuing to compose gospel songs, of which he would write over 1,000 in total. He became a minister in 1923, and was affiliated with the Church of God (Seventh Day). Birdie Harris died late in the 1920s, and shortly thereafter Winsett moved back to Tennessee. He founded a new company in Chattanooga, and published more shape note music books. He remarried, to Mary Ruth Edmonton, in 1930, and had three further children. Winsett's final publication, Best of All (1951), sold over 1 million copies, and in total his books sold over ten million copies. His song "Jesus Is Coming Soon" won a Dove Award for Gospel Song of the Year at the 1969 awards. He has been inducted into the Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame.

Joseph Barnby

1838 - 1896 Person Name: J. Barnby Composer of "[Oh, happy is the man who hears Religion's loving voice]" in The Service Hymnal with an introductory service Joseph Barnby (b. York, England, 1838; d. London, England, 1896) An accomplished and popular choral director in England, Barby showed his musical genius early: he was an organist and choirmaster at the age of twelve. He became organist at St. Andrews, Wells Street, London, where he developed an outstanding choral program (at times nicknamed "the Sunday Opera"). Barnby introduced annual performances of J. S. Bach's St. John Passion in St. Anne's, Soho, and directed the first performance in an English church of the St. Matthew Passion. He was also active in regional music festivals, conducted the Royal Choral Society, and composed and edited music (mainly for Novello and Company). In 1892 he was knighted by Queen Victoria. His compositions include many anthems and service music for the Anglican liturgy, as well as 246 hymn tunes (published posthumously in 1897). He edited four hymnals, including The Hymnary (1872) and The Congregational Sunday School Hymnal (1891), and coedited The Cathedral Psalter (1873). Bert Polman

Lizzie De Armond

1847 - 1936 Person Name: Lizzie DeArmond Author of "A happy religion each one may possess" in Reformation Glory Lizzie De Armond was a prolific writer of children's hymns, recitations and exercises. When she was twelve years old her first poem was published in the Germantown, Pa. Telegraph, however, it was not until she was a widow with eight children to support that she started writing in earnest. She wrote articles, librettos, nature stories and other works, as well as hymns. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916)


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Small Church Music

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  
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The Christian Songster

Publication Date: 1858 Publisher: Printing Establishemnt of the United Brethren in Christ (Printer) Publication Place: Dayton, Oh. Editors: Joseph Bever
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The Camp-Meeting Chorister

Publication Date: 1844 Publisher: W. A. Leary Publication Place: Philadelphia Editors: W. A. Leary


Commissioned by high school students to commemorate a tragic loss of life in their midst, “Lead Me…
Series: AACMS. Accompaniment: Piano. Pages: 12. Language: English.
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