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 >
We bless Thee for Thy peace, O God. [For Peace of Heart.] This popular hymn was given anonymously in the American Christian Melodies, 1858, the Songs of the Church, 1862, Songs of the Sanctuary, 1865, and subsequently in many English collections, including Horder's Worship Song, 1905.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)
MANOAH was first published in Henry W. Greatorex's Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1851). This anthology (later editions had alternate titles) contained one of the best tune collections of its era and included thirty-seven original compositions and arrangements by compiler Greatorex as well as m…