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O Israel's God, How Good Thou Art

Author: William Kuipers Meter: Appears in 1 hymnal

In Christ My Saviour's Wounds Secure

Author: Johann Andreas Rothe; Anonymous; John J. Overholt Meter: Appears in 1 hymnal


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Composer: Louis Bourgeois Meter: Appears in 8 hymnals Tune Sources: Genevan 73 Tune Key: D Major Incipit: 56176 54341 7615


Meter: Appears in 5 hymnals Tune Sources: Genevan Psalter, Psalm 35; Ancient Hungarian Chorale Tune Key: A Major Incipit: 11232 17133 23543


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O Israel's God, How Good Thou Art

Author: William Kuipers Hymnal: Psalter Hymnal (Blue) #139 (1976) Meter: Topics: Backsliding; Doubt; Longing, Spiritual; Rock, God, Christ, Our; Temptation And Trial; Wandering from God Scripture: Psalm 73 Languages: English Tune Title: NEAR UNTO GOD

In Christ My Saviour's Wounds Wecure

Author: Johann Andreas Rothe (1688-1758); Anonymous; John J. Overholt Hymnal: The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4 #324 (1972) Meter: First Line: In Christ my Saviour's wounds secure Topics: Book One: Hymns, Songs, Chorales; Christian Evidences Assurance Scripture: Romans 5:9 Languages: English Tune Title: GEWISSHEIT


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Meter: Translator of "In Christ My Saviour's Wounds Wecure" in The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4 In some hymnals, the editors noted that a hymn's author is unknown to them, and so this artificial "person" entry is used to reflect that fact. Obviously, the hymns attributed to "Author Unknown" "Unknown" or "Anonymous" could have been written by many people over a span of many centuries.

Louis Bourgeois

1510 - 1561 Meter: Composer of "NEAR UNTO GOD" in Psalter Hymnal (Blue) Louis Bourgeois (b. Paris, France, c. 1510; d. Paris, 1561). In both his early and later years Bourgeois wrote French songs to entertain the rich, but in the history of church music he is known especially for his contribution to the Genevan Psalter. Apparently moving to Geneva in 1541, the same year John Calvin returned to Geneva from Strasbourg, Bourgeois served as cantor and master of the choristers at both St. Pierre and St. Gervais, which is to say he was music director there under the pastoral leadership of Calvin. Bourgeois used the choristers to teach the new psalm tunes to the congregation. The extent of Bourgeois's involvement in the Genevan Psalter is a matter of scholar­ly debate. Calvin had published several partial psalters, including one in Strasbourg in 1539 and another in Geneva in 1542, with melodies by unknown composers. In 1551 another French psalter appeared in Geneva, Eighty-three Psalms of David, with texts by Marot and de Beze, and with most of the melodies by Bourgeois, who supplied thirty­ four original tunes and thirty-six revisions of older tunes. This edition was republished repeatedly, and later Bourgeois's tunes were incorporated into the complete Genevan Psalter (1562). However, his revision of some older tunes was not uniformly appreciat­ed by those who were familiar with the original versions; he was actually imprisoned overnight for some of his musical arrangements but freed after Calvin's intervention. In addition to his contribution to the 1551 Psalter, Bourgeois produced a four-part harmonization of fifty psalms, published in Lyons (1547, enlarged 1554), and wrote a textbook on singing and sight-reading, La Droit Chemin de Musique (1550). He left Geneva in 1552 and lived in Lyons and Paris for the remainder of his life. Bert Polman

John J. Overholt

1918 - 2000 Meter: Recaster of "In Christ My Saviour's Wounds Wecure" in The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4 John J. Overholt was born to an Amish family of limited means in the state of Ohio in 1918. As a child he was soon introduced to his father's personal collection of gospel songs and hymns, which was to have a marked influence on his later life. With his twin brother Joe, he early was exposed to the Amish-Mennonite tradition of hymn singing and praising worship. An early career in Christian service led to a two-year period of relief work in the country of Poland following World War II. During that interim he began to gather many European songs and hymns as a personal hobby, not realizing that these selections would become invaluable to The Christian Hymnary which was begun in 1960 and completed twelve years later in 1972, with a compilation of 1000 songs, hymns and chorales. (The largest Menn. Hymnal) A second hymnal was begun simultaneously in the German language entitled Erweckungs Lieder Nr.1 which was brought to completion in 1986. This hymnal has a total of 200 selections with a small addendum of English hymns. Mr. Overholt married in 1965 to an accomplished soprano Vera Marie Sommers, who was not to be outdone by her husband's creativity, and compiled a hymnal of 156 selections entitled Be Glad and Sing, directed to children and youth and first printed in 1986. During this later career of hymn publishing, Mr. Overholt also found time for Gospel team work thruout Europe. At this writing he is preparing for a 5th consecutive tour which he arranges and guides. The countries visited will be Belgium, Switzerland, France, Germany, Poland, USSR and Romania. Mr. Overholt was called to the Christian ministry in 1957 and resides at Sarasota, Florida where he is co-minister of a Beachy Amish-Mennonite Church. Five children were born to this family and all enjoy worship in song. --Letter from Hannah Joanna Overholt to Mary Louise VanDyke, 10 October 1990, DNAH Archives. Photo enclosed.


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