Davis, William T., born at Plymouth [U.S.A.], in 1822, educated at Harvard College, and is a lawyer by profession. His quasi American National Hymn was written for the 250th Anniversary of the Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers at Plymouth, Massachusetts, Dec. 21, 1870. It begins, "To Thee, O God, Whose guiding hand."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)
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First published anonymously in Henry Boyd's Select Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1793), DUKE STREET was credited to John Hatton (b. Warrington, England, c. 1710; d, St. Helen's, Lancaster, England, 1793) in William Dixon's Euphonia (1805). Virtually nothing is known about Hatton, its composer,…