Surely Goodness and Mercy

Author: John W. Peterson

Pseudonymn: John Willard. John W. Peterson (November 1, 1921 – September 20, 2006) was a songwriter who had a major influence on evangelical Christian music in the 1950s through the 1970s. He wrote over 1000 songs, and 35 cantatas. Born in Lindsborg, Kansas, he served as an Army Air Force pilot flying the China Hump during World War II. Later, he attended Moody Bible Institute and served on the radio staff there for a number of years. In 1953, he graduated from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and shortly thereafter settled in Pennsylvania to continue his songwriting career. He then moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where for over ten years he was President and Editor-in-Chief of Singspiration, a sacred music publish… Go to person page >

Author: Alfred B. Smith

Used pseudonym B. C. Laurelton Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: A pilgrim was I, and a-wand'ring,
Title: Surely Goodness and Mercy
Author: John W. Peterson (1958)
Author: Alfred B. Smith (1958)
Meter: Irregular
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
Copyright: © 1958 Singspiration (ASCAP) (admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing Inc.)



Instances (1 - 12 of 12)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #422
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #91
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #435
Hymns of Faith #282
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #369Audio
Rejoice Hymns #544
Sing Joyfully #463
Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #216
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #691
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #45
The New National Baptist Hymnal #314
The Worshiping Church #639
Include 12 pre-1979 instances
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