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Long ago the children sang a song

Representative Text

1 Long ago the children sang a song
Of praise to Jesus as he rode along:
"Hosanna! Hosanna!
Hosanna in the highest!"

Happy songs, happy songs,
Let the children sing their happy, happy songs;
Happy songs, happy songs,
Jesus loves to hear our songs.

2 As of old he loves to hear us sing
Our songs of praise to him, our heav'nly King:
"Hosanna! Hosanna!
Hosanna in the highest!' [Chorus]

3 By and by we'll sing a sweeter song
With all the saved, a glad and glorious throng:
"Hosanna! Hosanna!
Hosanna in the highest!" [Chorus]

Source: Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #248

Author: Franklin E. Belden

Belden was born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1858. He began writing music in his late teenage years after moving to California with his family. For health reasons he later moved to Colorado. He returned to Battle Creek with his wife in the early 1880s, and there he became involved in Adventist Church publishing. F. E. Belden wrote many hymn tunes, gospel songs, and related texts in the early years of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Belden was able to rapidly write both music and poetry together which enabled him to write a song to fit a sermon while it was still being delivered. He also wrote songs for evang­el­ist Bil­ly Sun­day. Though Belden’s later years were marred by misunderstandings with the church leadership over his royal… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Long ago the children sang a song
Author: Franklin E. Belden
Refrain First Line: Happy songs, happy songs, let the children sing



Instances (1 - 4 of 4)

Children's Praise and Worship #d101

Christ in Song #d325

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Christ in Song #248

The Junior Evangelist #d23

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