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How near to us, O God, Thou art

How near to us, O God, Thou art

Published in 5 hymnals

Text Information

First Line: How near to us, O God, Thou art
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


How near to us, O God, Thou art. [The Spirit in the Heart.] An anonymous and undated hymn in Dr. J. Hunter's Hymns of Faith and Life , 1889, and The Pilgrim Hymnal, 1904.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



After various tunes had been set to this text, Gladden insisted on the use of MARYTON. Composed by H. Percy Smith (b. Malta, 1825; d. Bournemouth, Hampshire, England, 1898), the tune was originally published as a setting for John Keble's "Sun of My Soul" in Arthur S. Sullivan's Church Hymns with Tun…

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Derived from the fourth piano piece in Robert A. Schumann's Nachtstücke, Opus 23 (1839), CANONBURY first appeared as a hymn tune in J. Ireland Tucker's Hymnal with Tunes, Old and New (1872). The tune, whose title refers to a street and square in Islington, London, England, is often matched to Haver…

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Instances (1 - 5 of 5)

Christian Worship and Praise #249

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Common Praise #251

The New Church Hymnal #d165

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The Pilgrim Hymnal #55

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The Pilgrim Hymnal #64

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