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Holy Spirit, Faithful Guide

Author: M. M. Wells Meter: D Appears in 605 hymnals Hymnal Title: Calvin Hymnary Project First Line: Holy Spirit, faithful Guide, Ever near the Christian's side Topics: Comforter; Pilgrimage, Christian; Whitsunday


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Composer: Marcus M. Wells, 1815-1895 Meter: D Appears in 189 hymnals Hymnal Title: Hymnal of the Church of God Tune Key: G Major Incipit: 55113 21233 517 Used With Text: Holy Spirit, Faithful Guide


Composer: R. W. Beaty Meter: D Appears in 25 hymnals Hymnal Title: Redemption Songs Incipit: 35435 17655 14332 Used With Text: Faithful Guide


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Holy Spirit, faithful Guide

Author: Marcus M. Wells Hymnal: A Collection of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion #d80 (1879) Hymnal Title: A Collection of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion

Whisper [Whispering] softly, wanderer come

Author: Marcus M. Wells Hymnal: A Messenger for Jesus #d85 (1913) Hymnal Title: A Messenger for Jesus First Line: Holy Spirit, faithful Guide

Holy Spirit, Faithful Guide

Author: M. M. Wells Hymnal: A. M. E. C. Hymnal #202 (1954) Hymnal Title: A. M. E. C. Hymnal Tune Title: GUIDE


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M. M. Wells

1815 - 1895 Person Name: Marcus M. Wells, 1815-1895 Hymnal Title: Hymnal of the Church of God Author of "Holy Spirit, Faithful Guide" in Hymnal of the Church of God Converted to Christianity as a youth at a mission in Buffalo, New York, Marcus Morris Wells (b. Cooperstown, NY, 1815; d. Hartwick, NY, 1895) spent most of his life near Hartwick as a farmer and maker of farm implements. He is remembered in hymnody for writing both the text and tune of "Holy Spirit, Faithful Guide." "On a Saturday afternoon, October 1858, while at work in my cornfield, the sentiment of the hymn came to me," writes Wells. "The next day, Sunday, being a very stormy day, I finished the hymn and wrote the tune for it and sent it to Prof. I. B. Woodbury." Isaac Woodbury was the editor of the New York Musical Pioneer, and the original text and tune were first published in that periodical's November 1858 issue. Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1998 ================= Wells, Marcus M. Concerning this author and his hymn we have no information beyond the following facts:— Holy Spirit, faithful Guide. [Whitsuntide.] Appeared in The Sacred Lute, by T. E. Perkins, N.Y., undated [1864], p. 373, with music. Both words and music are attributed therein to M. M. Wells. The hymn has since been repeated in several English and American collections, including I. D. Sankey's Sacred Songs and Solos, 1878. It is dated 1858. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)

Richard W. Beaty

1799 - 1883 Person Name: R. W. Beaty Hymnal Title: Redemption Songs Composer of "TICHFIELD" in Redemption Songs Beauty, Richard William, born in Dublin about 1799; educated in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin; appointed about 1824 organist and musical instructor at the Molyneux Asylum for Blind Women; organist of the Free Church, Great Charles Street, 1828 to 1877; master of the choristers in Christ Church Cathedral from 1830 to 1872; composer of songs and other works; died in Dublin, 1883. Beaty composed the tune TENDERNESS, No. 398 S.H., 382 F.C.H., 337 U.P.H. (there named "Caritas"), for the children of Lady Harberton's School, Dublin, in 1830. It is, however, seldom assigned to him. --James Love, Scottish Church Music: Its Composers and Sources (1891)


Person Name: Anon. Hymnal Title: Songs for the Service of Prayer Author of "Holy Spirit, faithful Guide" in Songs for the Service of Prayer 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.