Composer: F. E. Belden

Belden was born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1858. He began writing music in his late teenage years after moving to California with his family. For health reasons he later moved to Colorado. He returned to Battle Creek with his wife in the early 1880s, and there he became involved in Adventist Church publishing. F. E. Belden wrote many hymn tunes, gospel songs, and related texts in the early years of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Belden was able to rapidly write both music and poetry together which enabled him to write a song to fit a sermon while it was still being delivered. He also wrote songs for evang­el­ist Bil­ly Sun­day. Though Belden’s later years were marred by misunderstandings with the church leadership over his royal… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: F. E. Belden
Incipit: 17135 43665 1712
Key: C Major


Seven times round the boasting walls,

Sleep not, soldier of the cross

God of Love, That Hearest Prayer

God of love, that hearest prayer,
Kindly for Thy people care,
Who on Thee alone depend:
Love us, save us to the end.

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