[Must I go, and empty-handed]

[Must I go, and empty-handed]

Composer: George C. Stebbins (1878)
Published in 83 hymnals

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Composer: George C. Stebbins

Stebbins studied music in Buffalo and Rochester, New York, then became a singing teacher. Around 1869, he moved to Chicago, Illinois, to join the Lyon and Healy Music Company. He also became the music director at the First Baptist Church in Chicago. It was in Chicago that he met the leaders in the Gospel music field, such as George Root, Philip Bliss, & Ira Sankey. At age 28, Stebbins moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where he became music director at the Claredon Street Baptist Church; the pastor there was Adoniram Gordon. Two years later, Stebbins became music director at Tremont Temple in Boston. Shortly thereafter, he became involved in evangelism campaigns with Moody and others. Around 1900, Stebbins spent a year as an evangelist in I… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: [Must I go, and empty-handed]
Composer: George C. Stebbins (1878)
Incipit: 55543 16534 4432
Key: D Major
Copyright: Public Domain


Must I Go, and Empty-Handed?

“Must I go, and empty-handed,”
Thus my dear Redeemer meet?
Not one day of service give Him,
Lay no trophy at His feet?

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Organ Solo

  • The Organist Volume 92 Number 4 September 1988: A Bi-Monthly Publication for Church Organists
    Composer/Editors James Mansfield; Brian Glyncannon
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1988) pp. 10

Piano Solo

  • Favorite Hymn Medleys: For Piano
    Composer/Editor Hugh S. Livingston, Jr.
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1989) pp. 19

Piano and Organ Duet

  • Gospel Meditations for Organ and Piano
    Composer/Editor James Mansfield
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1992) pp. 20
  • Easy Organ Library Volume 6: A Collection of Organ Voluntaries for Church Use
    Composer/Editor Brian Glyncannon
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1988) pp. 10


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Soul-stirring Songs and Hymns (Rev. ed.) #387


The Cyber Hymnal #4388


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Timeless Truths #603

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Worship and Service Hymnal #456


تسابيح المحبة #550

生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #253

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