In some hymnals, the editors noted that a hymn's author is unknown to them, and so this artificial "person" entry is used to reflect that fact. Obviously, the hymns attributed to "Author Unknown" "Unknown" or "Anonymous" could have been written by many people over a span of many centuries. Go to person page >
My Hope, my All, my Saviour Thou. [Jesus, All in All.] This hymn has been traced to A Pocket Hymn Book designed as a constant Companion for the Pious, collected from Various Authors. York, B. Spence, 1774 (5th ed., 1786, No. 114), in 5 stanzas of 4 lines. Through this Pocket Hymn Book, which, in a reprint, was the first Methodist hymn book used in America, it came into use in that country. The full and unaltered text is in Dr. Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, N. Y., 1872, No. 964. In the Methodist Episcopal Hymnal, 1878, it is given in 4 stanzas, and ascribed to “Thomas Coke." As the hymn was published in a Methodist Pocket Hymn Book, in 1774, and Dr. Coke did not make the acquaintance of J. Wesley until August 13, 1776, this can hardly be so. Moreover, there is no mention of his having written hymns at that time, or at any time, in Dr. Etheridge's authorised edition of his Life, 1860. We are obliged therefore to say it is Anonymous.
Lowell Mason (PHH 96) composed HAMBURG (named after the German city) in 1824. The tune was published in the 1825 edition of Mason's Handel and Haydn Society Collection of Church Music. Mason indicated that the tune was based on a chant in the first Gregorian tone.
HAMBURG is a very simple tune with…