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

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


Baptist Hymnal 1991 #430
Text: Sunshine in My Soul
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Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #447
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The Cyber Hymnal #6394
Text: Sunshine in My Soul
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Instances (1 - 25 of 25)

African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #469

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Baptist Hymnal 1991 #430

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Baptist Hymnal 2008 #619

Cáliz de Bendiciones #67

Celebremos Su Gloria #361


Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #447

Himnos de la Iglesia #290

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Hymns of Faith #233

Mil Voces para Celebrar #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

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Sing Joyfully #487


Small Church Music #127

Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #209

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The Celebration Hymnal #747

The Christian Life Hymnal #536


The Cyber Hymnal #6394

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The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #499

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The New National Baptist Hymnal #212

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The New National Baptist Hymnal (21st Century Edition) #368

Yes, Lord! #431

Yes, Lord! #439

生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #422

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