Favorite Hymns; Stories of the Origin, Authorship, and Use of Hymns We Love

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General Books, 2009 - 174 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 Excerpt: ... Now rule in every heart, And ne'er from us depart, Spirit of power! To the great One in Three Eternal praises be, Hence, evermore! His sovereign Majesty May we in glory see, And to eternity Love and adore. Who can sing this wonderful invocation of the Holy Trinity and not be impressed by the fact that God in His person and work is one Triune God? Beautiful as the hymn is, it is to be regretted that we cannot positively identify the author and give him credit for the blessing which his words are to believers. The hymn was first published in a tract, of which neither the date nor authorship can be determined. From this tract it soon was republished with the "Whitfield Collection" of hymns, and thus found its way into the various hymnals of the church. It is interesting to note that the national song of England, "God Save the King," was written and published in 1745, and that this hymn, written to be sung to the same tune, appeared about nineteen years later. We sing it, however, as many prefer in this country, to the tune known as "Italian Hymn." A Rev. Spencer Madan issued it, but made no claim to its authorship. Some credit the words to Charles Wesley on the strength of internal evidence, but as the Wesleyan authorities argue against the crediting of the authorship to Wesley we shall have to continue to love and use it without giving credit to any author. WESLEY'S HYMN TO THE TRINITY Charles Wesley, however, has not left us in doubt as to his view of the Trinity, for there have come down to us two hymns to the Trinity which are in great favor and wide use, his authorship of which is fully attested. As an expression of our faith in the Triune God, what could be more expressive than the following lines? Wesley's Tr1n1ty Hymns &q...

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