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and sang his life songs, and died in 1858 at the age of thirty-nine.
A tune preferred by many as the finer music is the one written to the words by Mr. Sankey, Sacred Songs, No. 2.
“SPEED AWAY! SPEED AWAY!”
This inspiriting song of farewell to departing missionaries was written in 1890 to Woodbury's appropriate popular melody by Fanny J. Crosby, at the request of Ira D. Sankey. The key-word and refrain are adapted from the original song by Woodbury (1848), but in substance and language the three hymn-stanzas are the new and independent work of this later writer.
Speed away! speed away on your mission of light,
Speed away, speed away with the life-giving Word,
Speed away, speed away with the message of rest,
And the banquet is ready. O gather them in;
“ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERSI”
Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould, the author of this rousing hymn of Christian warfare, a rector of the Established Church of England and a writer of note, was born at Exeter, Eng., Jan. 28, 1834. Educated at Clare College, Cambridge, he entered the service of the church, and was appointed Rector of East Mersea, Essex, in 1871. He was the author of several hymns, original and translated, and introduced into England from Flanders, numbers of carols with charming old Christmas music. The “Christian Soldiers” hymn is one of his (original) processionals, and the most inspiring.
Onward, Christian soldiers,
Marching as to war,
Going on before.
Onward, Christian soldiers, etc.
* * * * * *
Like a mighty army
Moves the Church of God;
Where the saints have trod;
We are not divided,
All one body we,
One in charity.
Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan, Doctor of Music, who wrote the melody for this hymn, was born in London, May 13, 1842. He gained the Mendelssohn Scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, and also at the Conservatory of Leipsic. He was a fertile genius, and his compositions included operettas, symphonies, overtures, anthems, hymn-tunes, an oratorio (“The Prodigal Son”), and almost every variety of tone production, vocal and instrumental. Queen Victoria knighted him in 1883.
The grand rhythm of “Onward, Christian Soldiers”—hymn and tune is irresistible whether in band march or congregational worship. Sir Arthur died in London, November 22, 1900.
"O CHURCH ARISE AND SING.”
Designed originally for children's voices, the hymn of five stanzas beginning with this line was written by Hezekiah Butterworth, author of the Story of the Hymns (1875), Story oft he Tunes (1890), and many popular books of historic interest for the young, the most widely read of which is Zigzag Journeys in Many Lands. He also composed and published many poems and hymns. He was born in Warren, R. I., Dec. 22, 1839, and for twenty-five years was connected with the Youth's Companion as regular contributor and member of its editorial staff. He died in Warren, R. I., Sept. 5, 1905.
The hymn "O Church, arise” was sung in Mason's tune of “Dort" until Prof. Case wrote a melody for it, when it took the name of the “Convention Hymn.”
Professor Charles Clinton Case, music composer and teacher, was born in Linesville, Pa., June 6, 1843. Was a pupil of George F. Root and pursued musical study in Chicago, Ill., Ashland, O., and South Bend, Ind. He was associated with Root, McGranahan, and others in making secular and church music books, and later with D. L. Moody in evangelical work.
As author and compiler he has published numerous works, among them Church Anthems, the Harvest Song and Case's Chorus Collection.
O Church! arise and sing
Whose reign is love;
* * * * * * Beneath the glowing arch The ransomed armies march, We follow on;
Lead on, O cross of Light,
To triumphs won!
"THE BANNER OF IMMANUEL!”
This hymn, set to music and copyrighted in Buffalo as a floating waif of verse by an unknown author, and used in Sunday-school work, first appeared in Dr. F. N. Peloubet's Select Songs (Biglow and Main, 1884) with a tune by Rev. George Phipps.
The hymn was written by Rev. Theron Brown, a Baptist minister, who was pastor (1859–1870) of churches in South Framingham and Canton, Mass. He was born in Willimantic, Ct., April 29, 1832.
Retired from pastoral work, owing to vocal disability, he has held contributory and editorial relations with the Youth's Companion for more than forty years, for the last twenty years a member of the office staff.
Between 1880 and 1890 he contributed hymns more or less regularly to the quartet and antiphonal chorus service at the Ruggles St. Church, Boston, the “Banner of Immanuel" being one of the number. The Blount Family, Nameless Women of the Bible, Life Songs (a volume of poems), and several books for boys, are among his published works. The banner of Immanuell beneath its glorious folds For life or death to serve and fight we pledge our loyal souls.