[Tell me the story of Jesus]

[Tell me the story of Jesus]

Composer: John R. Sweney (1880)
Published in 75 hymnals

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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 (1880)
Meter: D with refrain
Incipit: 33213 45352 34323
Key: E♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain


Baptist Hymnal 1991 #122
Text: Tell Me the Story of Jesus
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF)
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #437
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #6533
Text: Tell Me the Story of Jesus
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)


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Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #532
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #122TextAudioPage Scan
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #220TextFlexscorePage Scan
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #426TextFlexscorePage Scan
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #437ScoreAudio
Christmas Favorites #52
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #161Text
Hymns of Faith #137TextPage Scan
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #215
Nyimbo za Imani Yetu #83
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #203Page Scan
Rejoice Hymns #357
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #152
Sheng tu shi ge = Hymnary (聖徒詩歌) #440
Sing Joyfully #343TextFlexscorePage Scan
Small Church Music #123Audio
Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #232
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #295TextFlexscorePage Scan
The Cyber Hymnal #6533TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #172TextPage Scan
The Worshiping Church #199TextPage Scan
Timeless Truths #295TextAudio
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #234TextFlexscorePage Scan
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #262
Include 51 pre-1979 instances
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