There's not a star whose twinkling light

There's not a star whose twinkling light

Author: James Cowden Wallace
Tune: THERE'S NOT A STAR
Published in 68 hymnals

Author: James Cowden Wallace

Wallace, James Cowden, was born at Dudley, circa 1793. He was brother of the Rev. Robert Wallace (1791-1880), Professor of Theology in Manchester New College, and author of Antitrinitarian Biography. J. C. Wallace was Unitarian minister at Totnes, 1824, and afterwards at Brighton and Wareham. He died at Wareham in 1841. He was a prolific hymnwriter, and contributed various other poetical pieces to the Monthly Repository. In a Selection of Hymns for Unitarian Worship, by R. Wallace, Chesterfield, 1822, there are 13 of his hymns, and in the 2nd edition of the same, 1826, there are 29 more. There are also 10 of his hymns in the Dukinfield Selection of Psalms & Hymns for Christian Worship, 1822 (still in use), and 64 in Beard's Collection of H… Go to person page >

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First Line: There's not a star whose twinkling light
Author: James Cowden Wallace

Notes

There's not a star whose twinkling light. J. C. Wallace. [God seen in Nature.] This hymn appeared in A Supplement to the 4th edition of Robert Aspland's Selection of Psalms and Hymns for Unitarian Worship, London: Rowland Hunter, 1825, No. 48, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "The Creator seen in his Works." As it has undergone rearrangement and enlargement, we give the opening line of each stanza:— Stanza i. “There's not a star whose twinkling light." Stanza ii. "There's not a cloud whose dews distil." Stanza iii. "There's not a place in earth's vast round.” Stanza iv. “Around, beneath, below, above." Stanza v, “Then rise, my soul! and sing His name." In J. R. Beard's Unitarian Collection of Hymns, &c, Lond.: J. Green, 1837, to which Mr. Wallace contributed more than sixty hymns, this hymn was given in 6 stanzas, and is rearranged thus:— i. "There's not a place." ii. "There's not of grass." iii. "There's not a tempest." iv. “There's not a star." v. "Around, beneath." vi. "Then rise, my soul." In the new edition of Mr. Beard's Collection, 1860, another arrangement with changes is introduced, which leaves the hymn thus:— i. “There's not a tint that paints the rose." ii. "At early dawn." iii. "There's not of grass." iv. "There's not a tempest" v. " There's not a star." vi. "There's not a cloud." vii. "There's not a place." viii. "Around, beneath." ix. "Then rise, my soul." From these outlines the construction of the hymns, "There's not a place," &c, and "There's not a tint," &c, as in Curwen's Child’s Own Hymn Book, Major's Book of Praise, the Methodist Sunday School Hymn Book and many others, including American collections, may easily be traced, and a reference to Aspland's and Beard's works, as above, will correct the text. In Major's Book of Praise for Home & School the author is said to be John Aikman Wallace, and in the Prim. Methodist Sunday School Hymn Book, 1879, Heber, but both are in error. —John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Collection of Hymns for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America #d517

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A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America. #11

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A Manual of Devotion and Hymns for the House of Refuge, City of New York #25

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Christian Praise: a manual of worship for public, social and private devotion #107

Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d906

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Church Harmonies: a collection of hymns and tunes for the use of Congregations #243

General Baptist Hymn Book #d469

Glad Tidings: New Hymns and Tunes for Sunday Schools #d89

Grammar School Hymn Book #d263

Hymnal and Ritual Services for the Union Gospel Church #d103

Hymns and Poetry for the Young #d127

Hymns for Children and Young Persons #d426

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Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination #122

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Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination. (New ed.) #122

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Hymns for Public Worship #249

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Hymns for Sunday Schools, Youth and Children #300

Hymns for the Use of the Brethren in Christ #d499

Hymns, Selected and Original, for Sunday Schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church #d435

Jubilant Voices #d195

Liturgy and Hymns for Sunday Schools #d167

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Mission Songs: a collection of hymns and music, designed for Sabbath schools #152

Prayers and Hymns for the Church and the Home #d695

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Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Original and Selected. (7th ed.) #S4

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Sabbath School Songs #27b

Sabbath Songs #d166

Schools Lyrics #d213

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Songs for Social and Public Worship #446

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Songs for Social and Public Worship #471

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Songs for Sunday Schools and Gospel Meetings #26

Songs for the School #d165

Songs of Christian Praise with Music #d554

Songs of Joy #d121

Sunday School Hymn Book #d160

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Sunday-School Hymns #54

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The Baptist Praise Book #180

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The Baptist Psalmody: a selection of hymns for the worship of God #37

The Canadian Warbler #d157

The Casket of Sunday School Melodies, Complete. Compiled from Caskets Nos.1 and 2 with Several Additional Pieces #d176

The Child's Pocket Companion, Being a Selection of Choice Hymns for Sabbath School, with an Analysis to Most of Them #d62

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The Christian Melodist: a new collection of hymns for social religious worship #333

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The Eclectic Sabbath School Hymn Book #197

The Harmoniad and Sacred Melodist #d134

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The Harp #1

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The New Baptist Psalmist and Tune Book: for churches and Sunday-schools #6

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The Psalmist: a new collection of hymns for the use of Baptist churches; with a supplement #126

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The Psalmist: a New Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Baptist Churches #126

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The Psalmody: a collection of hymns for public and social worship #144

The Public School Hymnal, for the Use of High Schools and Seminaries. New and enl. ed. #d244

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The Public School Hymnal: for the use of high schools and seminaries #105

The Sabbath School Gem #d96

The Sabbath School Singing Book #d64

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The Sacred Lyre: a new collection of hymns and tunes, for social and family worship #49

The School Hymn and Tune Book #d187

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The School Hymn-Book: for normal, high, and grammar schools #152

The Southern Psalmist #d823

The Southern Psalmist. New ed. #d867

The Spirit Minstrel. 2nd ed. #d86

The Star of the East #d181

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The Sunday School Liturgy. (4th ed.) #34

Union Hymns. Rev. #d388

Union Hymns. Rev. #d401

Zion's Hymns, for the Use of the Original Free-Will Baptist Church of North Carolina #d262

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