[Must I go, and empty-handed]

[Must I go, and empty-handed]

Composer: George C. Stebbins (1878)
Published in 55 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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Piano Solo

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


Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #897
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #4388
Text: Must I Go, and Empty Handed?
  • XML score (XML)


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