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Where our dear Lord was crucified

Who died to save us all.

We may not know, we cannot tell

What pains He had to bear;
But we believe it was for us

He hung and suffered there.


There is no room here to describe them all. Airs and chorals by Berthold Tours, Pinsuti, John Henry Cornell, Richard Storrs Willis, George C. Stebbins and Hubert P. Main have been adapted to the words-one or two evidently composed for them. It is a hymn that attracts tune-makers literally so commonplace and yet so quiet and tender, with such a theme and such natural melody of line-but most of the scores indicated are choir music rather than congregational. Mr. Stebbins' composition comes nearest to being the favorite, if one judges by the extent and frequency of its use. It can be either partly or wholly choral; and the third stanza makes the refrain

O dearly, dearly has He loved

And we must love Him too,
And trust in His redeeming blood,

And try His works to do.


This musical shout of joy, written by Dr. Horatius Bonar, scarcely needs a new song helper, as did

Bishop Heber's famous hymn-not because it is better than Heber's but because it was wedded at once to a tune worthy of it.

Rejoice and be glad! for our King is on hish;
He pleadeth for us on His throne in the sky.
Rejoice and be gladl for He cometh again;
He cometh in glory, the Lamb that was slain

Hallelujahl Araca
The hymn was composed in 1874.


The author of the “English Melody" (as ascribed in Gospel Hymns) is said to have been lohn Jenkins Husband, born in Plymouth, Eng., about 1760. He was clerk at Surrey Chapel and composed several anthems. Came to the United States in 1809. Settled in Philadelphia, where he taught music and was clerk of St. Paul's P. E. Church. Died there in 1825.

His tune, exactly suited to the hymn, is a true Christian pæan. It has few equals as a rouser to a sluggish prayer-meeting—whether sung to Bonar's words or those of Rev. William Paton Mackay (1866)—

We praise Thee, O God, for the Son of Thy love, -with the refrain of similar spirit in both hymns

Hallelujah! Thine the glory, Hallelujah! Amen,

Hallelujah! Thine the glory; revive us again; -orSound His praises! tell the story of Him who was slain! Sound His praises! tell with gladness, "He liveth again.”

Husband's tune is supposed to have been written very early in the last century. Another tune composed by him near the same date to the words

"We are on our journey home

To the New Jerusalem," -is equally musical and animating, and with a vocal range that brings out the full strength of choir and congregation.


A singular case of the same tune originating in the brain of both author and composer is presented in the history of this hymn of Rev. William Ellsworth Witter, D.D., born in La Grange, N.Y. Dec. 9, 1854. He wrote the hymn in the autumn of 1878, while teaching a district school near his home. The first line

While Jesus whispers to you, --came to him during a brief turn of outdoor work by the roadside and presently grew to twenty-four lines. Soon after, Prof. Horatio Palmer, knowing .Witter to be a verse writer, invited him to contribute a hymn to a book he had in preparation, and this hymn was sent. Dr. Palmer set it to music, it soon entered into several collections, and Mr. Sankey sang it in England at the Moody meetings.

Dr. Witter gives this curious testimony,

“While I cannot sing myself, though very fond of music, the hymn sang itself to me by the roadside in almost the exact tune given to it by Professor Palmer.” Which proves that Professor Palmer had the feeling of the hymn—and that the maker of a true hymn has at least a sub-consciousness of its right tune, though he may be neither a musician nor a poet.

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While Jesus whispers to you,

Come, sinner, comel
While we are praying for you,

Come, sinner, comel
Now is the time to own Him,

Come, sinner, come!
Now is the time to know Him,

Come, sinner, come!


The writer of this hymn was Miss Anna Warner, one of the well-known “Wetherell Sisters," joint authors of The Wide World, Queechy, and a numerous succession of healthful romances very popular in the middle and later years of the last century. Her own pen name is “Amy Lothrop,” under which she has published many religious poems, hymns and other varieties of literary work. She was born in 1820, at Martlaer, West Point, N. Y., where she still resides.

One more day's work for Jesus,
One less of life for me:

But heaven is nearer,

And Christ is dearer
Than yesterday to me.

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