I want to be an angel, And with the angels stand

I want to be an angel, And with the angels stand

Author: Sidney P. Gill
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Author: Sidney P. Gill

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First Line: I want to be an angel, And with the angels stand
Author: Sidney P. Gill

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I want to be an angel. Sidney P. Gill. [For Purity.] In the S. MSS. (W. 50) there is a letter from Mrs. Anna Reed Wilson, of Newark, New Jersey, to Mr. Randolph, of New York, respecting this hymn and its authorship. It is dated "Newark, N.J., Feb. 6th, /73," and in it Mrs. Reed says:—
"My sister's fall name is Miss Sidney P. Gill. (An odd name for a woman, but coming down from a Welsh ancestress.) The hymn was written in Philadelphia when my sister, then a very young lady, taught the Infant Sunday School of Dr. Joel Parker's Church, of which she was a member. She had been teaching a lesson on Angels (I believe), when a lovely little girl exclaimed ‘Oh I want to be an angel.' The child within a few days was attacked by a fatal disease and died; and under the strong impression of the circumstance, the little hymn was written, and sung in the S. School. The first knowledge we had of its being in print was finding it in a Dayton, Ohio, newspaper .... I cannot give you the exact date of its composition, but think it must have been about /54."
This hymn has become a great favourite with children. It is in use in all English-speaking countries, and has been translated into several languages. In some collections it is given as "I would be like an angel." This is especially the case in Great Britain. In the Presbyterian Psalms & Hymns for the Worship of God, Richmond, U. S. A., 1867, the opening line is again altered to “I want to be with Jesus,” but this change is not so popular as the former. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907) ================== I want to be an angel, p. 559, i. Hezekiah Butterworth gives in his work, The Story of the Hymns, N. Y., 1875, p. 151, the date April 19, 1845, as the day of the death of the child, and the child's name as Annie Louisa Farrant. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)

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349 Lieder fuer Schule und Haus in den Vereinigsten Staaten #d105

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A Collection of Sabbath School Hymns: compiled by a Sabbath School Teacher #23

Anniversary and Sabbath School Hymns; or The Child's Sunday School Music Book #d41

Baptist Harmony #d116

Compilation of Hymns for the Use of the Churches of the Christian Union #d331

Fruits and Flowers #d60

Gesangbuch fuer Deutsche Sonntagsschulen #d90

Glad Tidings: New Hymns and Tunes for Sunday Schools #d38

Happy Voices #d86

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church #S37

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (11th ed.) #S37

Hymnal for Church, School and Home #d55

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Hymns and Offices of Worship: for use in schools: with an appendix of tunes #263

Hymns and Poetry for the Young #d55

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Hymns for First-Day Schools #93

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Hymns for First-Day Schools (Rev. and Enl.) #93

Hymns for Schools and Families #d68

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Hymns for Schools and Families #30

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Hymns for Sunday Schools #A35

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Hymns for Sunday Schools, Youth and Children #169

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Hymns for Sunday Schools, Youth, and Children #169

Hymns, Selected and Original, for Sunday Schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church #d187

Joyful Voices: A New Eclectic Hymn Book #d43

Linden Harp #d52

Maynard's Sabbath School Echo. 6th ed. of Maynard's Selected Sabbath School Hymns, with an Appendix #d88

Maynard's Selected Sabbath School Hymns. 4th ed. #d84

Musical Leaves for Sabbath Schools #d58

Oriola #d106

Oriola #d107

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Peters' Sodality Hymn Book #97

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Plymouth Sabbath School Collection: or, Hymns and Tunes #50

Popular Hymns for Youth #d67

Revival Songs. 4th ed. #d115

Sabbath School Trumpet #d37

Sacred Songs for Church and Home #d207

School Service Book #d18

Select Hymns for the use of the Mission School of the Madison Square Presbyterian Church #d40

Sunday School Hymn Book #d182

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The American Sunday-School Hymn-Book #339

The Anniversary and Sunday School Music Book Nos. 1 and 2 with additions #d21

The Book of Worship #d219

The Canadian Sunday School Harp #d70

The Christian Harmony: in the Seven-Syllable Character Note System. Rev. ed. #d158

The Church Hymn Book #d441

The Church Hymn Book #d235

The Clariona #d86

The Confederate Sunday School Hymn Book #d56

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The Eclectic Sabbath School Hymn Book #44

The Eolian Harp #d52

The Evergreen #d37

The Gem #d59

The Hymns of "Happy Voices" (without music) #d86

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The Infant-School Hymn-Book #95

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The Plymouth Sabbath School Collection of Hymns and Tunes #220

The Prayer Meeting Hymn Book: a Selection of Standard Evangelical Hymns for Prayer and Conference Meetings #d134

The Sabbath Chimes #d123

The Sabbath School Gem #d35

The Sabbath School Hosanna #d71

The Sabbath School Hymn Book #d125

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The Shining Star : A New Collection of Hymns and Tunes for Sunday Schools #53

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The Singing Book for Boys' and Girls' Meetings: a collection of easy songs and tunes #143

The Southern Zion's Songster: Hymns designed for Sabbath Schools, Prayer and Social Meetings #d47

The Star of the East #d80

The Union Harp and Revival Chorister. Rev ed. #d177

The Westminster Collection of Sabbath School Hymns and Tunes #d49

Unser Liederbuch, die schoensten Lieder fuer Schule, Sonntagsschule und Familie #d174

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