Author: M. M. WellsMeter: 188.8.131.52 DAppears in 604 hymnalsHymnal Title: Calvin Hymnary ProjectFirst Line: Holy Spirit, faithful Guide, Ever near the Christian's sideTopics: Comforter; Pilgrimage, Christian; Whitsunday
Composer: Marcus M. Wells, 1815-1895Meter: 184.108.40.206 DAppears in 185 hymnalsHymnal Title: Hymnal of the Church of GodTune Key: G MajorUsed With Text: Holy Spirit, Faithful Guide
Composer: R. W. BeatyMeter: 220.127.116.11 DAppears in 24 hymnalsHymnal Title: Redemption SongsUsed With Text: Faithful Guide
Author: Marcus M. WellsHymnal: A Collection of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion #d80 (1879)Hymnal Title: A Collection of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion
Author: Marcus M. WellsHymnal: A Messenger for Jesus #d85 (1913)Hymnal Title: A Messenger for JesusFirst Line: Holy Spirit, faithful Guide
Author: M. M. WellsHymnal: A. M. E. C. Hymnal #202 (1954)Hymnal Title: A. M. E. C. HymnalTune Title: GUIDE
1815 - 1895Hymnal Title: Hymnal of the Church of GodAuthor of "Holy Spirit, Faithful Guide" in Hymnal of the Church of GodConverted 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 , 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)
1799 - 1883Hymnal Title: Redemption SongsComposer of "TICHFIELD" in Redemption SongsBeauty, 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)
Hymnal Title: Songs for the Service of PrayerAuthor of "Holy Spirit, faithful Guide" in Songs for the Service of PrayerIn 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.