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Nor, indeed, the hymn of Christian love just now before us.
THE TUNE. The melody exactly suited to the gentle trochaic step of the home-song, “People of the living God," is “Whitman," composed for it by Lowell Mason. Few Christians, in America, we venture to say, could hear an instrument play“Whitman” without mentally repeating Montgomery's words.
"TO LEAVE MY DEAR FRIENDS.”
This hymn, called “The Bower of Prayer," was dear to Christian hearts in many homes and especially in rural chapel worship half a century ago and earlier, and its sweet legato melody still lingers in the memories of aged men and women.
Elder John Osborne, a New Hampshire preacher of the “Christian” (Christian) denomination, is said to have composed the tune (and possibly the words) about 1815—though apparently the music was arranged from a fute interlude in one of Haydn's themes. The warbling notes of the air are full of heart-feeling, and usually the best available treble voice sang it as a solo.
To leave my dear friends and from neighbors to part,
I have chosen to pray.
The early shrill notes of the loved nightingale
As I went to prayer.*
In answer to prayer.
“SAVIOUR, THY DYING LOVE.” This hymn of grateful piety was written in 1862, by Rev. S. Dryden Phelps, D.D., of New Haven, and first published in Pure Gold, 1871; afterwards in the earlier) Baptist Hymn and Tune Book.
Saviour, Thy dying love
Thou gavest me,
* * * * * *
Likeness to Thee,
Henceforth may see
Something for Thee. The penultimate line, originally “Some sinful wanderer won," was altered by the author him*The American Vocalist omits this stanza as too fanciful as well as too crude
self. The hymn is found in most Baptist hymnals, and was inserted by Mr. Sankey in Gospel Hymns No. 1. It has since won its way into several revival collections and undenominational manuals.
Rev. Sylvester Dryden Phelps, D.D., was born in Suffield, Ct., May 15, 1816, and studied at the Connecticut Literary Institution in that town. An early call to the ministry turned his talents to the service of the church, and his long settlement -comprising what might be called his principal life work—was in New Haven, where he was pastor of the First Baptist church twenty-nine years. He died there Nov. 23, 1895.
THE TUNE. The Rev. Robert Lowry admired the hymn, and gave it a tune perfectly suited to its metre and spirit. It has never been sung in any other. The usual title of it is “Something for Jesus.” The meaning and sentiment of both words and music are not unlike Miss Havergal's
I gave my life for thee.
“IN SOME WAY OR OTHER.”
This song of Christian confidence was written by Mrs. Martha A. W. Cook, wife of the Rev. Parsons Cook, editor of the Puritan Recorder, Boston.
It was published in the American Messenger in 1870, and is still in use here, as a German ver.
sion of it is in Germany. The first stanza fol-
It may not be my way,
The Lord will provide.
Mag's nicht sein, wie ich will,
In the English version the easy flow of the two last lines into one sentence is an example of rhythmic advantage over the foreign syntax.
Mrs. Cook was married to the well-known clergyman and editor, Parsons Cook, (1800-1865) in Bridgeport, Ct., and survived him at his death in Lynn, Mass. She was Miss Martha Ann Woodbridge, afterwards Mrs. Hawley, and a widow at the time of her re-marriage as Mr. Cook's second wife.
THE TUNE. Professor Calvin S. Harrington, of Wesleyan University, Middletown, Ct., set music to the words as printed in Winnowed Hymns (1873) and arranged by Dr. Eben Tourjee, organizer of the great American Peace Jubilee in Boston. In the Gospel Hymns it is, however, superseded by the more popular composition of Philip Phillips.
Dr. Eben Tourjee, late Dean of the College of Music in Boston University, and founder and head of the New England Conservatory, was born in Warwick, R. I., June 1, 1834. With only an academy education he rose by native genius, from a hard-working boyhood to be a teacher of music and a master of its science. From a course of study in Europe he returned and soon made his reputation as an organizer of musical schools and sangerfests. The New England Conservatory of Music was first established by him in Providence, but removed in 1870 to Boston, its permanent home. His doctorate of music was conferred upon him by Wesleyan University. Died in Boston, April 12, 1891.
Philip Phillips, known as “the singing Pilgrim,” was born in Jamestown, Chautauqua, Co., N. Y., Aug. 13, 1834. He compiled twenty-nine collections of sacred music for Sunday schools, gospel meetings, etc.; also a Methodist Hymn and Tune Book, 1866. He composed a great number of tunes, but wrote no hymns. Some of his books were published in London, for he was a cosmopolitan singer, and traveled through Europe and Australia as well as America. Died in Delaware, O., June 25, 1875.
“NEARER, MY GOD, TO THEE.”
Mr. William Stead, fond of noting what is often believed to be the “providential chain of