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Say not the law divine

Author: Bernard Barton

Barton, Bernard, commonly known as the "Quaker Poet," was born in London Jan. 31, 1784, and educated at a Quaker school at Ipswich. In 1798 he was apprenticed to Mr. S. Jesup, a shopkeeper at Halstead, Essex, with whom he remained until 1806, when he removed to Woodbridge, Suffolk, and entered into business with his brother, as a coal and corn merchant. On the death of his wife at the end of the first year of their married life, he proceeded to Liverpool, where he acted as a private tutor for a short time. He returned to Woodbridge in 1810, where he secured an engagement in the local bank of the Messrs. Alexander. This appointment he held for 40 years. He died at Woodbridge, Feb. 19, 1849. During the same year his daughter published his Poe… Go to person page >

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First Line: Say not the law divine
Author: Bernard Barton
Copyright: Public Domain


Say not the law divine. Spiritual Law. Also from the Devotional Verses, 1826, p. 34, into various American hymnals, generally Unitarian, as the Hymn and Tune Book, Boston, 1868, No. 342, &c, where, however, it is rewritten from an irregular metre to S.M. This had previously appeared in Hedge and Huntington's Hymns for the Church of Christ, Boston, U.S., 1853.

-- Excerpt from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


[Say not the law divine] (15555)

DENNIS (Nägeli)

Lowell Mason (PHH 96) arranged DENNIS and first published it in The Psaltery (1845), a hymnal he compiled with George. Webb (PHH 559). Mason attributed the tune to Johann G. Nageli (b. Wetzikon, near Zurich, Switzerland, 1773; d. Wetzikon, 1836) but included no source reference. Nageli presumably pu…

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Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home and Services for Congregational Worship. Rev. ed. #d607

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Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home. (Rev. ed.) #330

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Hymn and Tune Book, for the Church and the Home #342

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Hymnal Amore Dei #278

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Hymnal, Amore Dei #278

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Hymnal, Amore Dei. Rev. ed. #a278

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Hymns for Public Worship #182

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Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #348

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Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #348

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Hymns in Harmony with Modern Thought #40

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Isles of Shoals Hymn Book and Candle Light Service #142

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Sacred Songs For Public Worship #117

Songs of the Unity #d171

The Gospel Hymnal #d526

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The Gospel Psalmist #467

The Ideal Song and Hymn Book #d283

The Mission Hymnal. Enl. ed. #d157

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The Psalms of Life #223

The Sabbath School Hymnal #d119

The Spiritual Harp #d187

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