Born: June 14, 1855, Clarendon, New York.
Died: December 1, 1940, Buffalo, New York.
A Methodist Episcopal minister, Copeland served 22 churches in western New York state over the course of 42 years. He founded five churches, four of which were in Buffalo. In 1892, he became secretary of the Methodist Union, and in 1918, Syracuse University gave him an honorary STD degree. He retired in Buffalo in 1919.
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MACHS MIT MIR was first published in the collection of music Das ander Theil des andern newen Operis Geistlicher Deutscher Lieder (1605) by Bartholomäus Gesius (b. Münchenberg, near Frankfurt, Germany, c. 1555; d. Frankfurt, 1613). A prolific composer, Gesius wrote almost exclusively for the churc…