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[Sweet are the promises, kind is the word]

[Sweet are the promises, kind is the word]

Composer: W. A. Ogden
Published in 93 hymnals

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Composer: W. A. Ogden

William Augustine Ogden USA 1841-1897. Born at Franklin County, OH, his family moved to IN when he was age six. He studied music in local singing schools at age 8, and by age 10 could read church music fairly well. Later, he could write out a melody by hearing it sung or played. He enlisted in the American Civil War in the 30th IN Volunteer Infantry. During the war he organized a male choir which became well known throughout the Army of the Cumberland. After the war, he returned home, resumed music study, and taught school. He married Jennie V Headington, and they had two children: Lowell and Marian. He worked for the Iowa Normal School, Toledo Public School System. Among his teachers: Lowell Mason, Thomas Hastings, E E Baily and… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: [Sweet are the promises, kind is the word]
Composer: W. A. Ogden
Incipit: 13455 56465 54444
Key: E♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain



Organ Solo

  • Sunday Night at the Console: Organ Interpretations of Gospel Hymns
    Composer/Editor Eleanor W. Whitsett
    Published By: Lillenas Publishing Company (1974) pp. 10


The Cyber Hymnal #7410
Text: Where He Leads I'll Follow
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Instances (1 - 10 of 10)

Church Gospel Songs and Hymns #286

Church Hymnal, Mennonite #546

Gospel Songs of Praise #2

Himnos de la Iglesia #366

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Hymns of Faith #388

Praise for the Lord (Expanded Edition) #761

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Sacred Selections for the Church #188


Small Church Music #2829

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Soul-stirring Songs and Hymns (Rev. ed.) #321


The Cyber Hymnal #7410

Include 83 pre-1979 instances
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