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All before us lies the way

All before us lies the way

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson; Author: Eliza T. Clapp
Published in 9 hymnals

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emerson, Ralph Waldo, son of an Unitarian Minister, was born at Boston, U.S., May 25, 1803. He was educated for the Unitarian Ministry, and acted, 1829-32, as one of their ministers. Ultimately he left the ministry, and devoted himself to lecturing and literature. As a philosopher, essayist, and poet he rose to a distinguished position. He died at Concord, Massachusetts, April 27, 1882. His published works include Poems, 1846; Orations, Lectures, and Addresses, 1844; Representative Men, 1850; English Traits, 1856, &c. His hymns are not numerous. They include:— 1. Out from the heart of nature rolled. The Everlasting Word. This is part of his poem The Problem, published in the Dial, July, 1840; and then in the 1st ed. of his Po… Go to person page >

Author: Eliza T. Clapp

Clapp, Eliza Thayer, a resident at Dorchester, Massachusetts, U.S., and author of Words in the Sunday School; and Studies in Religion, 1845, contributed at the request of Ralph W. Emerson three hymns and two poems to The Dial, 1841. From one of the hymns, in 9 stanzas of 4 lines, published in The Dial, July, 1841, and entitled "The future is better than the past," the hymn "All before us lies the way" (Onward with Confidence) is taken. It was given in Hedge & Huntington's Unitarian Hymns for the Church of Christ, 1853, and has been repeated in several collections. It is usually attributed to Emerson, but in error. (George Cooke, in Journal of Speculative Philosophy, 1885.) [Rev. Valentine D. Davis, B.A.] --John Julian, Dictionar… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: All before us lies the way
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Author: Eliza T. Clapp



Instances (1 - 9 of 9)
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Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #652

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Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #652

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Hymns in Harmony with Modern Thought #35

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Hymns of the Spirit #672

Jubilate Deo, a Book of Hymns and Tunes for Young and Old #d14

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Song-Hymnal of Praise and Joy, a selection of spiritual songs, old and new #79

The Day School Hymn Book. New and enl. ed. #d3

Unity Hymns and Chorals. Rev and enl. with Service Elements #d9

Universal Hymns Compiled for the North End Union #d6

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