Aloft in yonder belfry

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1 Aloft in yonder belfry
Now hangs our hallowed bell;
Whene'er we hear its message,
O may we heed it well.
Its voice, to us appealing
In tones so rich and clear,
Shall call us all together,
God's holy Word to hear.

2 Its joyous peal resounding
On happy festal days
Shall move the congregation
To sing a hymn of praise;
And when a faithful member
His pilgrimage must end,
Then may its knell, tho' solemn,
A wealth of comfort lend.

3 Thus shall our joys and sorrows
Be mingled with its sound
Till we in heaven's mansions
God's holy throne surround,
With many thousand voices
To glorify the Lord,
Whose name by men and angels
Is worshiped and adored.


Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #517

Author: Herman H. Brueckner

Born: March 11, 1866, Grundy County, Iowa (birth name: Herman Heinrich Moritz Brueckner). Died: January 25, 1942, Hebron, Nebraska (funeral held in Beatrice, Nebraska). Buried: St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Waverly, Iowa. After ordination in 1888, Brueckner pastored in Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. He later moved to Iowa City, Iowa, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Iowa State University in 1917. In 1926, he joined the faculty of Hebron College in Nebraska. In 1938, Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, conferred an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree on him. He retired as professor emeritus from Hebron College in 1941. Sources: Erickson, p. 254 Findagrave, accessed 14 Nov 2016 Hustad, p. 213 Stulken, p.… Go to person page >

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First Line: Aloft in yonder belfry
Author: Herman H. Brueckner



George J. Webb (b. Rushmore Lodge, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, 1803; d. Orange, NJ, 1887) composed WEBB (also known as MORNING LIGHT) on a voyage from England to the United States. The tune was published in The Odeon, a collection of secular music compiled by Webb and Lowell Mason (PHH 96) i…

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