[Lay hold on the hope set before you]

[Lay hold on the hope set before you]

Composer: E. O. Excell
Published in 18 hymnals

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Composer: E. O. Excell

Edwin Othello Excel USA 1851-1921. Born at Uniontown, OH, he started working as a bricklayer and plasterer. He loved music and went to Chicago to study it under George Root. He married Eliza Jane “Jennie” Bell in 1871. They had a son, William, in 1874. A member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, he became a prominent publisher, composer, song leader, and singer of music for church, Sunday school, and evangelistic meetings. He founded singing schools at various locations in the country and worked with evangelist, Sam Jones, as his song leader for two decades. He established a music publishing house in Chicago and authored or composed over 2,000 gospel songs. While assisting Gypsy Smith in an evangelistic campaign in Louisville,… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: [Lay hold on the hope set before you]
Composer: E. O. Excell
Incipit: 55345 67151 76545
Key: B♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #2552
Text: The Hope Set Before You
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