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on the eve of their wedding day, led him to consecrate his life and fortune to the service of Christ. He died in Canada, Oct. 10, 1886, (Sankey's Story of the Gospel Hymns, pp. 245–6.)


The music was composed by Charles Crozat Converse, LL.D., musician, lawyer, and writer. He was born in Warren, Mass., 1832; a descendant of Edward Converse, the friend of Gov. Winthrop and founder of Woburn, Mass. He pursued musical and other studies in Leipsic and Berlin. His compositions are numerous including concert overtures, symphonies and many sacred and secular pieces. Residence at Highwood, Bergen Co., N. J.

The hymn is one of the most helpful of the Gospel Collections, and the words and music have strengthened many a weak and failing soul to “try again.”

Have we trials and temptations?

Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged:

Take it to the Lord in prayer.


This is classed with the Gospel Hymns, but it was a much-used and much-loved revival hymnespecially in the Methodist churches-several years before Mr. Moody's great evangelical movement. It was written by Mrs. Elvina M. Hall (since Mrs.

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Myers) who was born in Alexandria, Va., in 1818. She composed it in the spring of 1865, while sitting in the choir of the M. E. Church, Baltimore, and the first draft was pencilled on a fly-leaf of a singing book, The New Lute of Zion.

I hear the Saviour say,

Thy strength indeed is small;
Child of weakness, watch and pray,

Find in me thine all in all. The music of the chorus helped to fix its words in the common mind, and some idea of the Atonement acceptable, apparently, to both Arminians and Calvinists; for Sunday-school children in the families of both, hummed the tune or sang the refrain when alone

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe,
Sin had left a crimson stain;

He washed it white as snow.


John Thomas Grape, who wrote the music, was born in Baltimore, Md., May 6, 1833. His modest estimate of his work appears in his remark that he "dabbled” in music for his own amusement. Few composers have amused themselves with better results.


Miss Kate Hankey, born about 1846, the daugh

ter of an English banker, is the author of this very devout and tender Christian poem, written appare ently in the eighteen-sixties. At least it is said that her little volume, Heart to Heart, was published in 1865 or 1866, and this volume contains “Tell me the Old, Old Story,” and its answer.

We have been told that Miss Hankey was recovering from a serious illness, and employed her days of convalescence in composing this song of devotion, beginning it in January and finishing it in the following November.

The poem is very long-a thesaurus of evangelical thoughts, attitudes, and moods of faithand also a magazine of hymns. Four quatrains of it, or two eight-line stanzas, are the usual length of a hymnal selection, and editors can pick and choose anywhere among its expressive verses.

Tell me the old, old story

Of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and His glory,

Of Jesus and His love.

Tell me the story simply

As to a little child,
For I am weak and weary,

And helpless and defiled.

* * * * * *

Tell me the story simply

That I may take it in-
That wonderful Redemption,

God's remedy for sin.


Dr. W. H. Doane was present at the International Conference of the Y. M. C. A. at Montreal in 1867, and heard the poem read—with tears and in a broken voice--by the veteran Major-General Russell. It impressed him so much that he borrowed and copied it, and subsequently set it to music during a vacation in the White Mountains.

The poem of fifty stanzas was entitled “The Story Wanted;" the sequel or answer to it, by Miss Hankey, was named “The Story Told.” This second hymn, of the same metre but different accent, was supplied with a tune by William Gustavus Fischer.

I love to tell the story

Of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and His glory,
Of Jesus and His love.

* * * * * *
I love to tell the story

Because I know its true;
It satisfies my longings
As nothing else can do.


I love to tell the story;
'Twill be my theme in glory;
To tell the old, old story

Of Jesus and his love.
William Gustavus Fischer was born in Baltimore,
Md., Oct. 14, 1835. He was a piano-dealer in the

firm (formerly) of Gould and Fischer. His melody to the above hymn was written in 1869, and was harmonized the next year by Hubert P. Main.

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This is not only an impressive hymn as sung in sympathetic music, but a touching poem.

Come homel come homel

You are weary at heart,
For the way has been dark
And so lonely and wild-

O prodigal child,

Come home!
Come home! Come homel

For we watch and we wait,
And we stand at the gate
While the shadows are piled;

O prodigal child,
Come home!

The author is Mrs. Ellen M. H. Gates, known to the English speaking world by her famous poem, “Your Mission.”


To "The Prodigal Child” was composed by Dr. Doane in 1869 and no hymn ever had a fitter singa ing ally. All a mother's yearning is in the refrain and cadence.

Come home! Oh, come home!

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