Elisha Hoffman (1839-1929) after graduating from Union Seminary in Pennsylvania was ordained in 1868. As a minister he was appointed to the circuit in Napoleon, Ohio in 1872. He worked with the Evangelical Association's publishing arm in Cleveland for eleven years. He served in many chapels and churches in Cleveland and in Grafton in the 1880s, among them Bethel Home for Sailors and Seamen, Chestnut Ridge Union Chapel, Grace Congregational Church and Rockport Congregational Church. In his lifetime he wrote more than 2,000 gospel songs including"Leaning on the everlasting arms" (1894). The fifty song books he edited include Pentecostal Hymns No. 1 and The Evergreen, 1873.
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Display Title: Mercy Is FreeFirst Line: Tho’ far I have strayed from the fold of the LordTune Title: [Tho’ far I have strayed from the fold of the Lord]Author: Elisha Albright HoffmanSource: Golden Leaves by Benjamin Nysewander (Dayton, OH: United Brethren Publishing House, 1880)