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Composer: John R. Sweney

John R. Sweney (1837-1899) was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and exhibited musical abilities at an early age. At nineteen he was studying with a German music teacher, leading a choir and glee club, and performing at children’s entertainments. By twenty-two he was teaching at a school in Dover, Delaware. Soon thereafter, he was put in charge of the band of the Third Delaware Regiment of the Union Army for the duration of the Civil War. After the war, he became Professor of Music at the Pennsylvania Military Academy, and director of Sweney’s Cornet Band. He eventually earned Bachelor and Doctor of Music degrees at the Academy. Sweney began composing church music in 1871 and became well-known as a leader of large congregati… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: John R. Sweney (1887)
Meter: with refrain
Incipit: 12356 71233 43252
Key: A♭ Major/G Major
Copyright: Public Domain


Baptist Hymnal 1991 #430
Text: Sunshine in My Soul
  • Full Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #447
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #6394
Text: Sunshine in My Soul
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
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Instances (1 - 18 of 18)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #430TextAudioPage Scan
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #619TextPage Scan
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #447ScoreAudio
Himnos de la Iglesia #290
Hymns of Faith #233TextPage Scan
Mil Voces para Celebrar: Himnario Metodista #67
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #559
Rejoice Hymns #542
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #470
Sheng tu shi ge = Hymnary (聖徒詩歌) #325
Sing Joyfully #487TextPage Scan
Small Church Music #127Audio
Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #209
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #747TextPage Scan
The Cyber Hymnal #6394TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #499TextPage Scan
The New National Baptist Hymnal #212
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #422
Include 91 pre-1979 instances
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