Root, George F., MUS. DOC, born in Sheffield, Berkshire County, Mass., Aug. 30, 1820. He is much more widely known as a composer of popular music than as a hymn writer. Four of his hymns are in I. D. Sankey's Sacred Songs & Solos, 1878. Nos. 16, 100, 293, and 297. A sympathetic biographical sketch, with portrait, is in The Tonic Sol-Fa Reporter, Sep. 1886. He died Aug. 6, 1895.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)… Go to person page >
Display Title: Narrow And StraitFirst Line: Why do you linger, why do you stayTune Title: [Why do you linger, why do you stay]Author: George F. RootSource: Gospel Hymns No. 6 by Ira D. Sankey, James McGranahan and George C. Stebbins (New York/Chicago: Biglow & Main/John Church, 1891)