[Come every soul by sin oppressed] (Stockton)

[Come every soul by sin oppressed] (Stockton)

Composer: John H. Stockton (1874)
Published in 215 hymnals

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Composer: John H. Stockton

Stockton, John Hart, a Methodist minister, was born in 1813, and died in 1877. He was a member of the New Jersey Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and the successive pastoral charges that he filled as a member of that Conference are found in the Conference Journal. He was not only a preacher, but a musician and composer of tunes, as well as hymn writer. He published two gospel song books: Salvation Melodies, 1874, and Precious Songs, 1875. Hymn Writers of the Church by Charles Nutter, 1911… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: John H. Stockton (1874)
Meter: with refrain
Incipit: 55651 33215 53123
Key: G Major
Copyright: Public Domain


John H. Stockton (b. New Hope, PA, 1813; d. Philadelphia, PA, 1877) composed MINERVA for one of his own gospel-hymn texts, "Come, Every Soul by Sin Oppressed." The tune was published in his Salvation Melodies No.1 (1874); however, it had also been published earlier in Joyful Songs Nos. 1-3 Combined (1869) with the note "arr. by W. G. Fischer, by permission." The significance of the tune title MINERVA is unknown, unless for some reason it refers to the mythical Roman goddess of wisdom. It is also sometimes known as STOCKTON, after its composer. Although born into a Presbyterian home, Stockton was converted at the age of twenty-one in a Methodist revival meeting. He became a lay preacher in the Methodist Church in 1844 and was ordained in 1857. After serving several pastorates in New Jersey, he retired in 1874 due to ill health. Throughout his ministry he was strongly interested in evangelism and music. When Dwight 1. Moody and Ira D. Sankey held their revival meetings in Philadelphia, Stockton assisted them and wrote several gospel songs and tunes for their use. He published two collections of hymns: Salvation Melodies (1874) and Precious Songs (1875). MINERVA is a simple tune in ABB'B form with one consistent rhythmic pattern and the simple harmonization common to many gospel hymns–and thus is easy for guitar. Sing this tune in harmony at a lively tempo using crisp rhythms over a legato organ pedal. The descant was composed by Dale Grotenhuis (PHH 4) in 1976 as part of a collection of descants for the 1959 edition of the Psalter Hymnal. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988


Baptist Hymnal 1991 #317
Text: Only Trust Him
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Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #183
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #949
Text: Come, Every Soul by Sin Oppressed
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The Cyber Hymnal #5714
Text: Praise Ye the Lord, for It Is Good
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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #187
Text: O Praise the LORD, for It Is Good
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The United Methodist Hymnal #337
Text: Only Trust Him
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African American Heritage Hymnal #369TextPage Scan
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #317TextAudioPage Scan
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #465TextFlexscorePage Scan
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #475TextPage Scan
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #183ScoreAudio
Hymns of Faith #312TextPage Scan
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #549TextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #298Page Scan
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #147DTextPage Scan
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #187Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreAudio
Rejoice Hymns #478
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #279
Sheng tu shi ge = Hymnary (聖徒詩歌) #627
Sing Joyfully #361TextPage Scan
Singing the New Testament #164Text
Small Church Music #146Audio
Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #277
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #480TextPage Scan
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #329
The Cyber Hymnal #949TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #5714TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #330Text
The New National Baptist Hymnal #146
The United Methodist Hymnal #337TextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
The Worshiping Church #443TextPage Scan
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #675TextPage Scan
نظم المرامير #11Page Scan
نظم المرامير #33Page Scan
نظم المرامير #226Page Scan
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #208
Include 185 pre-1979 instances
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