Hymn Index

Through 2010, Wordwise Hymns featured an Almanac of significant dates in hymn history. From 2011 and on, posts provide further Reflections on our hymns from a biblical perspective, better equipping us to “sing praises with understanding” (Ps. 47:7).
This alphabetical index lists the titles of the songs covered in the Reflections. (Links in the index will be activated as these songs appear in the blog. Planned posting dates are given.) As well as being cross-linked to the 2010 Almanac, articles are linked to the original 1996 Cyber Hymnal. Unless otherwise specified, stanzas are numbered as they appear there, for example, CH-3, or CH-5.

A Charge to Keep I Have
A Child of the King
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
A New Name in Glory
A Passion for Souls
A Shelter in the Time of Storm
A Thousand Years Have Come and Gone
Abide with Me
According to Thy Gracious Word
Alas, and Did My Saviour Bleed?
All Creatures of Our God and King
All for Jesus
All Glory, Laud and Honour
All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
All My Heart This Night Rejoices (July 18)
All People That on Earth Do Dwell (Oct. 31)
All That Thrills My Soul
All the Way My Saviour Leads Me
All Things Bright and Beautiful
All Things in Jesus
All Your Anxiety
Alleluia, Sing to Jesus
Almost Persuaded
Am I a Soldier of the Cross?
Amazing Grace
America (My Country, ‘Tis of Thee)
Amidst Us Our Beloved Stands
And Can It Be?
Angels from the Realms of Glory
Angels We Have Heard on High
Another Year Is Dawning
Anywhere with Jesus
Are You Washed in the Blood?
Arise, My Soul, Arise
Art Thou Weary, Art Thou Languid
As with Gladness Men of Old
Ask Ye What Great Thing I Know
At Calvary
At Even, Ere the Sun Was Set
At the Name of Jesus
Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun
Awake, My Soul, Stretch Every Nerve
Awake, My Soul, to Joyful Lays
Away in a Manger
Be Still, My Soul
Be Thou Exalted
Be Thou My Vision
Beautiful Isle of Somewhere
Because He Lives
Before Jehovah’s Awful Throne
Begin, My Tongue, Some Heavenly Theme
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ
Beloved, Now Are We the Sons of God
Beneath the Cross of Jesus
Beulah Land
Beyond the Sunset
Blessed Assurance
Blessed Be the Fountain
Blessed Be the Name
Blessed Calvary
Blessed Quietness
Blessed Redeemer
Blest Be the Tie That Binds
Break Thou the Bread of Life
Breathe on Me, Breath of God
Brighten the Corner
Brightest and Best of the Sons of the Morning (Aug. 11)
Bring Them In (Oct. 17)
Bringing in the Sheaves
Burdens Are Lifted at Calvary
Caedmon’s Hymn
Calm on the Listening Ear of Night (Aug. 20)
Calvary Covers It All
Can a Little Child Like Me?
Channels Only
Children of the Heavenly Father
Children of the Heavenly King
Christ Arose
Christ for the World! We Sing
Christ Liveth in Me
Christ Receiveth Sinful Men
Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
Christians Awake
Cleanse Me
Close to Thee
Come and Dine
Come, Christians, Join to Sing
Come, My Soul, Thy Suit Prepare
Come, Thou Almighty King
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
Come to the Saviour
Come, Ye Disconsolate
Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain
Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Wretched
Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
Complete in Thee
Constantly Abiding (June 25)
Count Your Blessings
Cross of Jesus
Crown Him with Many Crowns
Dare to Be a Daniel
Day by Day
Day Is Dying in the West
Dear Little Stranger (Sept. 8)
Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
Deeper and Deeper
Depth of Mercy
Did You Think to Pray
Does Jesus Care?
Down from His Glory
Draw Me Nearer
Dwelling in Beulah Land
Each Step I Take
Earth Has Many a Noble City
Eternal Father, Strong to Save
Even Me
Face to Face
Fade, Fade, Each Earthly Joy
Fairest Lord Jesus
Faith Is the Victory
Faith of Our Fathers
Fight the Good Fight
Fill All My Vision
Fill Me Now
Fill My Cup, Lord
Fill Thou My Life
Fling Out the Banner
Follow On (June 27)
Footsteps of Jesus (June 30)
For All the Saints
For God So Loved the World
For You I Am Praying
For the Beauty of the Earth
Forth in Thy Name, O Lord
From Greenland’s Icy Mountains
Gentle Jesus, Meek and Mild
Gentle Mary Laid Her Child (Sept. 17)
Give Me Thy Heart
Give of Thy Best to the Master
Give to the Winds Thy Fears
Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken
Go, Labour On
Go Tell It on the Mountain
Go to Dark Gethsemane (Sept. 3)
God Be with You Till We Meet Again
God Is Love, His Mercy Brightens
God Is Still on the Throne
God Leads Us Along
God Moves in a Mysterious Way
God of Our Fathers
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
God Understands
God Who Touchest Earth with Beauty
God Will Take Care of You
Golden Harps Are Sounding
Good Christian Men, Rejoice
Good King Wenceslas
Good Night, and Good Morning
Grace Greater Than Our Sin
Grace ‘Tis a Charming Sound
Great God of Wonders
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise
Hail, Thou Once Despised Jesus
Hail to the Brightness of Zion’s Glad Morning
Hallelujah for the Cross
Hallelujah, ‘Tis Done
Hallelujah, What a Saviour!
Happy the Home
Hark, Hark, My Soul
Hark, Ten Thousand Harps and Voices
Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
Hark, the Voice of Jesus Calling
Hark, What Mean Those Holy Voices? (Oct. 8)
Have I Done My Best for Jesus
Have Thine Own Way
Have You Any Room for Jesus?
He Giveth More Grace
He Hideth My Soul
He Is Able to Deliver Thee
He Leadeth Me
He Lifted Me (July 2)
He Lives
He the Pearly Gates Will Open
He Who Would Valiant Be (July 4)
Heaven Came Down
Heavenly Sunlight
Here, O My Lord, I See Thee
Hiding in Thee
Higher Ground
His Eye Is on the Sparrow
His Way with Thee
Hold the Fort
Holy Bible, Book Divine
Holy Ghost, with Light Divine
Holy God, We Praise Thy Name
Holy, Holy, Holy
Hosanna, Loud Hosanna (July 7)
Hosanna to the Prince of Light (Sept. 19)
How Brightly Beams the Morning Star (Oct. 22)
How Firm a Foundation
How Great Thou Art
How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
I Am Coming to the Cross
I Am His and He Is Mine
I Am Not Skilled to Understand
I Am Resolved
I Am Trusting Thee, Lord Jesus
I Believe in Miracles (July 9)
I Belong to the King
I Gave My Life for Thee
I Have Decided to Follow Jesus (July 14)
I Hear Thy Welcome Voice
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
I Know That My Redeemer Liveth
I Know Who Holds Tomorrow
I Know Whom I Have Believed
I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord
I Love to Tell the Story
I Must Have the Saviour with Me
I Must Tell Jesus
I Need Jesus (July 16)
I Need Thee Every Hour
I Sing the Mighty Power of God
I Surrender All
I Think When I Read That Sweet Story (July 21)
I Want a Principle Within
I Will Sing the Wondrous Story
I Would Be Like Jesus
I Would Be True
I’d Rather Have Jesus
If I Gained the World
If Jesus Goes with Me, I’ll Go (July 25)
If Thou but Suffer God to Guide Thee (July 28)
I’ll Fly Away
I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go
I’ll Live for Him
Immortal Invisible
I’m Waiting for Thee
In Christ There Is No East or West
In Jesus
In My Heart There Rings a Melody
In Heavenly Love Abiding (July 30)
In Tenderness He Sought Me (Aug. 1)
In the Bleak Midwinter (July 11)
In the Cross of Christ I Glory
In the Garden
In the Hour of Trial (Aug. 4)
In the Secret of His Presence
In Times Like These
Is It the Crowning Day?
Is My Name Written There?
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
It Is Glory Jesus to Walk with Him (Aug. 6)
It Is No Secret
It Is Well with My Soul
It Pays to Serve Jesus (Aug. 29)
It Took a Miracle
I’ve Found a Friend
Ivory Palaces
Jehovah Tsidkenu
Jerusalem the Golden
Jesus, and Shall It Ever Be?
Jesus Bids Us Shine
Jesus Calls Us
Jesus, Hail, Enthroned in Glory (Sept. 22)
Jesus Has Lifted Me
Jesus, I Am Resting, Resting
Jesus, I Come
Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken
Jesus Is a Friend of Mine (Aug. 8)
Jesus Is Calling
Jesus Is Coming Again (Peterson)
Jesus Is the Sweetest Name I Know (Aug. 13)
Jesus, Lover of My Soul
Jesus Loves Even Me
Jesus Loves Me
Jesus Paid It All
Jesus Saves
Jesus, Saviour, Pilot Me
Jesus Shall Reign
Jesus Spreads His Banner O’er Us (Aug. 15)
Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee
Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts (Aug. 18)
Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness
Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me
Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam
Jesus, Where’er Thy People Meet
Jesus, Wondrous Saviour
Join All the Glorious Names
Joy in Serving Jesus
Joy to the World
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
Just a Closer Walk
Just As I Am
Just When I Need Him Most
Kneel at the Cross
Lamp of Our Feet
Lead, Kindly Light
Lead Me to Calvary
Lead On, O King Eternal
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
Leave It There
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
Let All the World in Every Corner Sing
Let Him In
Let Jesus Come into Your Heart
Let the Lower Lights Be Burning
Let Us Break Bread Together
Let Us with a Gladsome Mind
Like a River Glorious
Little Is Much When God Is in It
Living for Jesus
Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending
Lonesome Valley
Look and Live
Look to the Lamb of God
Look, Ye Saints, the Sight Is Glorious
Lord, Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing
Lord, I Have Shut the Door
Lord, I’m Coming Home
Lord of Life and King of Glory
Lord, Speak to Me
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Love Found a Way
Love Lifted Me
Majestic Sweetness Sits Enthroned
Make Me a Blessing
Make Me a Captive, Lord
Make Me a Channel of Blessing
Mansion Over the Hilltop
Master, No Offering
Master, the Tempest Is Raging
May the Grace of Christ
May the Mind of Christ, My Saviour
Meet Me There
Moment by Moment
Moments of Prayer
More About Jesus
More Holiness Give Me
More Love to Thee
Must I Go and Empty Handed
Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone
My Anchor Holds
My Faith Looks Up to Thee
My God, How Wonderful Thou Art
My Home, Sweet Home
My Hope Is in the Lord
My Jesus, I Love Thee
My Redeemer
My Saviour First of All
My Saviour’s Love
My Sins Are Blotted Out
Near the Cross
Near to the Heart of God
Nearer, My God, to Thee
Nearer, Still Nearer
Never Alone
Never Give Up
Never Thirst Again
No Night There (Oct. 20)
No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus
No Other Plea
Not All the Blood of Beasts
Nothing Between
Nothing but the Blood
Not What These Hands Have Done
Now I Belong to Jesus
Now Thank We All Our God
O Boundless Salvation
O Breath of Life
O Canada
O Christ, What Burdens Bowed Thy Head
O Come, All Ye Faithful
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
O Could I Speak the Matchless Worth
O Day of Rest and Gladness
O Dearest Jesus (Sept. 24)
O for a Closer Walk with God
O for a Faith That Will Not Shrink
O for a Heart to Praise My God
O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
O God of Bethel
O God, Our Help in Ages Past
O Happy Day
O Holy Night
O How I Love Jesus
O It Is Wonderful
O Jesus, I Have Promised
O Jesus, Thou Art Standing
O Little Town of Bethlehem
O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go
O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee
O Praise Ye the Lord
O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
O That Will Be Glory
O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus
O Thou in Whose Presence
O Worship the King
O Zion Haste
Old Time Power
Once for All
Once in Royal David’s City
Once to Every Man and Nation
One Day
One Sweetly Solemn Thought
Only a Sinner
Onward Christian Soldiers
Open My Eyes That I May See
Our Blest Redeemer, Ere He Breathed
Our Great Saviour
Pass Me Not, O Gentle Saviour
Peace, Perfect Peace
Pentecostal Power
Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow
Praise Him, Praise Him!
Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
Praise the Lord, Ye Heavens Adore Him
Praise the Saviour
Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty
Prayer Is the Soul’s Sincere Desire
Precious Lord, Take My Hand
Precious Promise
Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It
Rejoice, the Lord Is King
Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart
Rescue the Perishing
Revive Thy Work, O Lord
Revive Us Again
Ride On, Ride On in Majesty
Ring the Bells of Heaven
Rise Up, O Men of God
Rock of Ages
Room at the Cross for You
Safe in the Arms of Jesus
Safely Through Another Week
Saved by Grace
Saviour, Again, to Thy Dear Name
Saviour, Breathe an Evening Blessing
Saviour, Like a Shepherd Lead Us
Saviour, Thy Dying Love
Send the Light
Shall We Gather at the River?
Shepherd of Tender Youth
Showers of Blessing
Silent Night
Since I Have Been Redeemed
Since Jesus Came Into My Heart
So Send I You
Softly and Tenderly
Softly, Now, the Light of Day
Soldiers of Christ, Arise
Some Golden Daybreak
Some Time We’ll Understand
Sound the Battle Cry
Speak, My Lord
Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart
Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus
Standing at the Portal
Standing on the Promises
Stepping in the Light
Sun of My Soul (Aug. 22)
Surely Goodness and Mercy
Sweet By and By
Sweet Hour of Prayer
Sweeter as the Years Go By
Take My Life and Let It Be
Take the Name of Jesus with You
Take the World but Give Me Jesus
Take Time to Be Holy
Teach Me, O Lord, Thy Holy Will (Sept. 26)
Teach Me to Pray
Tell It Again
Tell It to Jesus
Tell Me the Old, Old Story
Tell Me the Stories of Jesus (July 23)
Tell Me the Story of Jesus
Ten Thousand Angels (Aug. 27)
Ten Thousand Times Ten Thousand (Oct. 1)
Thank You, Lord (Oct. 6)
Thanks to God for My Redeemer
That Beautiful Name
The Banner of the Cross
The Battle Hymn of the Republic
The Bible Stands
The Call for Reapers (Oct. 15)
The Church in the Wildwood
The Church’s One Foundation
The Cleansing Wave
The Comforter Has Come (Oct. 24)
The Day of Resurrection (Sept. 10)
The Day Thou Gavest, Lord
The Eastern Gate (Oct. 29)
The First Noel
The God of Abraham Praise
The Great Physician
The Head That Once Was Crowned (Sept. 15)
The Hem of His Garment
The King Is Coming (Sankey)
The King of Love My Shepherd Is
The Lily of the Valley
The Lord’s Prayer
The Love of God
The Mercies of God
The New Song
The Ninety and Nine
The Old Rugged Cross
The Sands of Time
The Saviour Can Solve Every Problem
The Solid Rock
The Song of the Soul Set Free
The Spacious Firmament
The Star-Spangled Banner
The Strife Is O’er
The Way of the Cross Leads Home
There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood
There Is a Green Hill Far Away
There Is Power in the Blood
There’s a Song in the Air
There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy
Thine Be the Glory (Sept. 12)
This Is My Father’s World
Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne
Throw Out the Lifeline
Thy Word Have I Hid in My Heart
Thy Word Is Like a Garden, Lord
Till He Come
Till the Storm Passes By
‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
‘Tis the Blessed Hour of Prayer
To God Be the Glory
Trust and Obey
Trust in the Lord
Trusting Jesus
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
Under His Wings
Until Then
Unto the Hills
Verily, Verily
Victory in Jesus
Victory Through Grace
Walk in the Light
Watchman, Tell Us of the Night
We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder (Sept. 29)
We Bid Thee Welcome (Oct. 3)
We Gather Together
We Give Thee But Thine Own
We Have an Anchor
We May Not Climb the Heavenly Steeps (Oct. 10)
We Plow the Fields and Scatter
We Praise Thee, O God (Oct. 13)
We Rest on Thee (Aug. 25)
We Three Kings of Orient Are
We Would See Jesus
We Would See Jesus (Park) (Oct. 27)
We’re Marching to Zion
Were You There?
We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations
What a Friend We Have in Jesus
What a Wonderful Saviour
What Child Is This?
What If It Were Today?
When He Cometh
When He Shall Come
When His Salvation Bringing (Sept. 1)
When I See My Saviour (Sept. 5)
When I See the Blood
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
When Love Shines In
When Morning Gilds the Skies
When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder
When They Ring the Golden Bells
When We All Get to Heaven
When We See Christ
Where Cross the Crowded Ways
Where He Leads I’ll Follow
Where We’ll Never Grow Old
While Shepherds Watched
Whiter Than Snow
Who Is He in Yonder Stall?
Who Is on the Lord’s Side?
Whosoever Will
Wide, Wide as the Ocean
Will There Be Any Stars?
Wonderful Grace of Jesus
Wonderful Words of Life
Work, for the Night Is Coming
Wounded for Me
Ye Christian Heralds
Ye Must Be Born Again
Ye Servants of God
Yesterday, Today, Forever
Yield Not to Temptation
You May Have the Joy Bells


  1. If you have updates or materials to add, please send. Thank you.

    • Well, the plan is to add about 3 articles a week, starting January 1st. These are written in advance, as I’m able, so that, in the event of illness or other unforeseen circumstances, the flow will not be interrupted. Lord willing, I’m hoping to post about 750 to 800 articles, coving the most common hymns. Each article is also linked to material presented so far. It should be a helpful compendium, even long before completion. Stay tuned! :-)

  2. Hello,

    I write articles on hymns for a Salvation Army Spanish-language paper, Buenas Noticias. I have come across your blog during my research.

    I noticed the notes on “Keep on Believing”, which is still in our Salvation Army song book today. It originally appeared in print in “The Musical Salvationist” in 1889, and was at that time attributed to Mildred Duff. Later, they were attributed to Mrs. Booth-Hellberg who explained that Commissioner Duff helped her with the rhyming. The information, and a bit more, can be found in Gordon Taylor’s “Companion to the Song Book of The Salvation Army.” Commissioner Mildred Duff was a prolific Salvation Army writer of the period, and most of the Booth family was gifted in verse and other writing. There are many hymns and gospel songs from that family.

    Elizabeth J. Roby

    Elizabeth J. Roby

    • Thanks very much for your input. “Keep on Believing” has been a favourite of mine for some years. But I initially wasn’t sure of the authorship. As you can see from my blog on the hymn I have since gained more information. You’ve added a bit more. Maybey I need to add Mr. Taylor’s volume to my library. (I see there’s a book with the same title by a “Gordon Avery.” Is this the same person? Just wondered.) God bless.

  3. my sister and i aretry to find an old song how far is heaven we cant find in hymm book and where if you can give us some help on this we thank you from bottom of our hearts god bless thank you

    • Thanks for your question. I’m not aware of any hymn book that contains the song “How Far Is Heaven?” But many artists have recorded it. You’ll find the words and guitar chords for the song here. And if you simply do a web search, you’ll find all kinds of sites that have it. Sorry I couldn’t be more help.

  4. I wonder if you can help me? My grandmother past away a week ago and she was a committed supporter and member of the Mother’s Union. We are looking for the Woman’s Union hymn, Gracious Savior, Who Honours Womankind by JF Wade, as we believe this would be a fitting hymn for her funeral. Suprisingly no-one seems to know what the hymn is or where to get the words/music! I have searched everywhere I can think of to find the music and words, I wondered if you knew where I might be able to find it?

    Thank you so much for you help.
    Very Best wishes

    • Thanks for the question, Sophie. I think your problem may be that someone has connected the hymn to the wrong author. John Francis Wade (1710-1786) gave us the Christmas carol “O Come, All Ye Faithful.” But it was Emily Shirreff (1814-1897) who wrote the lovely hymn “Gracious Saviour, Who Didst Honour.” You can find all the words and music for the hymn by clicking on the Cyber Hymnal. It offers you three possible tunes. You can listen to them played by clicking on each MIDI, and get a copy of the music by clicking on the PDF. Hope that’s a help.

  5. Where can I find music for MY HOME SWEET HOME?? Thanks

    • It’s a beautiful gospel song. But since the copyright was renewed in 1954, its publication is still somewhat restricted. You can find it in two hymn books I’ve recommended at times: Living Hymns, and Great Hymns of the Faith. Both books are worth having, for their own reasons. But with its 885 hymns and gospel songs, I encourage you to purchase a copy of Living Hymns.

  6. I’m looking for printed music for the song “I’m Following Jesus” or Each Step of the
    Way” Please reply.

    Lera Smith

    • Thanks for the question. Redd Harper’s song isn’t an easy one to track down. But it is #361 in a Hymn book called Praise! Our Songs and Hymns. If you don’t have a copy, or know someone that does, you can purchase a copy here, from Amazon.

  7. I am looking for a recording or sheet music for a song titled “After” by Napoleon Vandall. Any suggestions?

    • Sure, I can help to some extent. I tried to find a recording of this lovely hymn on YouTube, or a reference online to some recording of it, but wasn’t able to. The copyright was renewed in 1964, so its publication is still restricted. Otherwise, I’d be happy to send you a copy of the music. But if you purchase from Amazon either the hymn book Great Hymns of the Faith, or Living Hymns, you’ll find it there.

      For my own comments on Napoleon Bonaparte Vandall (interesting name!), and his hymn, see here.

  8. I’m searching for the lyrics and music to one of John W. Peterson’s great hymns, He Will Abundantly Pardon. I find it listed in a few places but no books, sheet music or lyrics are shown. A good friend is dying and keeps talking about his hymn. Your help would be appreciated. Cliff

    • Well, so far I’ve drawn a blank on this one. I looked through several dozen books, including many edited by Peterson, and couldn’t find this song. The phrase comes from Isaiah 55:7. “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.” And I see the hymn’s listed in a compendium of the hundreds of songs Peterson produced. But I’m sorry I can’t shed any more light. If any readers have a suggestion as to where the hymn can be found, I’d be glad to hear from you.

      • I am frequently searching for some of the older songs and was pleased to have found your site. I am always searching for some of the older songs so was attracted. I have a single sheet copy of He Will Abundantly Pardon but do not know the book it came out of. At one time I had all of the volumes of The Favorites books and the Singspiration Series and it may have come from one of those some years ago when I was pianist for the church choir. It is not the very best of copy but lyrics and music is readable.

      • Thanks for the encouragement. As for “He Will Abundantly Pardon,” I have the Favorites books, and it doesn’t seem to be there. I also have several of John Peterson’s Miracle Melodies books, but not the one that contains the song. I think I can hear the song in my mind, but that’s not much help. :-)

  9. I just came across your website. What an amazing resource. I am just getting acquainted with the many hymn stories you have researched and will definitely be back. I did check to see if you show anything for the hymnwriter from my home state: Marty Haugen from Minnesota. He writes music for both Catholic and Protestant churches His music is contemporary and very grounded in Scripture. Check him out. He publishes through GIA. I hope you include his music in your hymnology studies. His work can be found in many denominational as well as non-denominational hymnals of recent years. (FYI: One of his hyms was used at the funeral of Mother Theresa.)

    • Great to have you drop by. As you can see from the counters on the site, I’ve had over 111,000 visits, from something like 185 countries. Over the last couple of years, I’ve covered about a thousand hymns, and continue to add to the material all the time. As to writing about Marty Haugen, I did check out his web site (thanks!). However, the main purpose of my site has been to acquaint ( or reacquaint) the Christian community with the traditional hymnody of the church. I’ve left the more contemporary songs to others. Not that I have anything against them generally, but my study over the last 40 years has involved mainly what I’ve termed The Golden Age of Hymnody. God bless. Call again! :-)

  10. Hi again Robert
    I am looking for some info on the hymn writer Frederick Brook, who I understand wrote this beautiful hymn:

    My goal is God Himself, not joy, nor peace,
    Nor even blessing, but Himself, my God;
    ‘Tis His to lead me there—not mine, but His—
    At any cost, dear Lord, by any road.

    So faith bounds forward to its goal in God,
    And love can trust her Lord to lead her there;
    Upheld by Him, my soul is following hard
    Till God hath full fulfilled my deepest prayer.

    No matter if the way be sometimes dark,
    No matter though the cost be oft-times great,
    He knoweth how I best shall reach the mark,
    The way that leads to Him must needs be strait.

    One thing I know, I cannot say Him nay;
    One thing I do, I press towards my Lord;
    My God my glory here, from day to day,
    And in the glory there my great Reward.

    I have tried online to no avail and even though I see you do not have this Hymn in your list, I thought I would ask you anyway :-D

    Thanks and bless you

    • Thanks for your kind words. As to the hymn…Wow! I must have checked about 30 resources, online and in my library. Can’t tell you much. The hymn is found in both Living Hymns (#303), and Hymns of the Christian Life (#248). Both of these hymnals list the author as F. Brook. Where did you get the name Frederick? Because actually the author is a woman named Frances! She was the daughter of an English clergyman, and she was born in 1870. She had a great passion for missionary work, but health problems kept her from foreign missionary service, though two of her sisters went abroad serving the Lord.

      In addition to “My Goal is God Himself” (written in 1895) she wrote several other songs, including a hymn called “My Home Is God Himself” (written in 1899). Of the latter hymn, she said, “The helpful testimony of another of God’s children, and my own deep need of restfulness in Him, led me to the truth expressed in [this hymn].” It actually reminds me of some wonderful lines from Charles Dickens’ novel Nicholas Nickleby. Smike, speaking to Nicholas–the only one who’d ever shown him any love and kindness–says, “You are my home!”

      Hope that’s a bit of help. Pretty obscure hymn writer, but a beautiful hymn.

  11. Wow thank you so much Robert! I so appreciate your time to look – I was given Frederick by someone else and took it as the name :-) I will forward your site and comment onto a person who visited my blog and asked me about the hymn too.
    Much obliged, Bless you, Steph

  12. Hi Robert,

    I would really like to know more about “Here is Love Vast as the Ocean” which was known as the ‘Love song of the Welsh Revival.’

    I would also like to know more about the hymns that Francis Scott Key wrote. I know that he was a lawyer but did he also become a pastor?

    • Here Is Love is a beautiful Welsh hymn. But even though it has been translated into English (see the Cyber Hymnal, here) it seems to be little known in English. Even the scholarly John Julian, with his documentation of over 30,000 hymns, doesn’t seem to mention it (unless I missed it). As to Francis Scott Key, the Cyber hymnal has a picture and a note here. It gives you two hymns he wrote (in addition to The Star-Spangled Banner): Before the Lord We Bow, and Lord, with Glowing Heart I’d Praise Thee. Both are fine hymns. My blog has a brief note on Key here, but it’s linked to two other notes that may be of interest.

      Thanks for writing. Drop by any time!

  13. Hi again. I see you’re working on a story about Holy Bible, Book Divine. We’re singing that one this coming Sunday and I’d like some information on it. Do you have anything ready you could share? I’d appreciate it.

    • No problem at all. Here are two posts that have a bit on the hymn. The first gives you something about the author. The second includes a couple of interesting renditions of the hymn. Also, I’m putting an article in the bulletin on Sunday about Robert Raikes, the founder of the Sunday School movement. Burton was associated with the Sunday School in those very early days. (You’re welcome to use the article in your bulletin, if you like.


      The England of the eighteenth century was far different from today. One of the tragic differences was the extensive use of child labour–which was virtual slavery.

      During the Industrial Revolution, children as young as four were employed in factories under dangerous, and often fatal, working conditions. Many worked sixteen hours a day, six days a week. The Victorian era became notorious for employing young children in factories and mines, and as chimney sweeps. In England and Scotland, two thirds of the workers in the cotton mills were children.

      As a child, author Charles Dickens himself was a victim of this cruel practice. He wrote strongly against it, in novels such as Oliver Twist and David Copperfield. But another man who was to make a dramatic difference was an Anglican layman and newspaper publisher named Robert Raikes (1735-1811). He lived in the English city of Gloucester [pronounced glaw-ster].

      One afternoon, Mr. Raikes went into the slum area of the city to see if he could find a man willing to work in their family garden. There he was jostled and knocked about by a gang of ragged boys. When he mentioned it to someone, she replied, “You ought to see them on Sundays, when the factories are closed and they have nothing to do but get in trouble!”

      Robert Raikes’s heart went out to the ragged children of the slums, worn down by mistreatment, running wild in the streets, and exposed to all kinds of vice. Most of them were illiterate. Many had likely never even seen a book! There were no state schools of any kind back then, and Mr. Raikes believed that a good education would give children a much better start in life. With that conviction, he decided to start a school.

      A local pastor made a list of ninety possible children in his own parish, and together the two men visited each home on the list. Not everyone thought it was a good idea. Some parents cursed them, and drove them away. But eventually they were able to enlist a few children in the pioneering project.

      Since the children worked in the factories six days a week, Raikes decided to hold his school on Sundays. The Bible was used as the textbook, and church attendance was part of the Sunday program. The “Sunday School” began in the kitchen of a home, in Gloucester, in July of 1780. At first it was for boys only, but soon girls came too.

      A high standard was set from the beginning. You had to have a clean face and combed hair to be allowed in. And if parents worried that their children did not have good enough clothes to attend, Mr. Raikes provided them, free of charge.

      Many of the first pupils were half-wild creatures, full of hatred and crippled by ignorance. Strong discipline was needed to control the children. But it was administered in an interesting way. When a child was disruptive and disobedient, Mr. Raikes would take him home, and have parents apply chastisement to “the seat of learning.” Then, he would bring the student back to school again!

      Robert Raikes certainly had his early detractors. Some said “Raikes’ Ragged School,” as they called it, was a violation of the Lord’s Day, when Christians shouldn’t be working. But Methodist founder John Wesley supported the work enthusiastically. He determined that wherever a new Methodist work was started, they would have a Sunday School.

      Mr. Raikes used his newspaper to promote his work with children, and word spread that something very worthwhile was being done. In spite of its critics, the movement continued to grow, and schools sprang up all over. In four years, there were 250,000 pupils enroled. By 1831, there were 1,250,000 attending Sunday School (about a quarter of the population of Great Britain at that time).

      One of the teachers was a Baptist layman named John Burton. He wrote and published songs for the Sunday School, and the music greatly helped in the teaching and training of those who attended. Committing songs to memory enabled illiterate children to get their first grasp on eternal truth. One of Mr. Burton’s hymns begins:

      Holy Bible, Book divine,
      Precious treasure, thou art mine;
      Mine to tell me whence I came;
      Mine to teach me what I am.

      That’s how it all started. Praise the Lord for men such as Robert Raikes and John Burton! From it’s humble beginnings, their spiritual vision continues to bring an understanding of God’s Word to millions all over the world. It has also been the means of bringing many to faith in the Saviour, and preparing them to build godly homes, and serve the Lord in other ways.
      — Robert Cottrill

  14. Thank you. I won’t be able to use this verbatim, because I only get a couple of inches on the back of the bulletin, but I appreciate the information.

  15. May I post my shortened version to my blog?

    • Uh-h… Shortened version of what? Material on John Burton? Or on Robert Raikes? You’re welcome to do that. But maybe as a courtesy you could note: Adapted from Material by Robert Cottrill, on Wordwise Hymns. That would be much appreciated.

  16. On Raikes. Thank you for permission. You should see it on my blog in a few minutes if you care to visit. maveld.typepad.com/blog

  17. I came to your site to explore because of your love of old music – found this article you wrote during my exploration in your site, and love the history lesson provided…. When I quote you (and I will!) I will appropriately credit where the info came from!

  18. I’m trying to find the name of a hymn that is on my mind and heart right now. All I can remember is the part “victory in Jesus, my Savior forever. Who sought me and bought me with His redeeming blood”… I’m going through a tough time in grieving the loss of my 23 year old son. I miss him so much and yet I’m thankful to Jesus for rescuing him. Thus the “victory in Jesus!”
    Thank you for such a wonderful website!

    • This is an easy one. The song is called Victory in Jesus. You can read a bit about it here (the second item on the page.

  19. Hey Brother,

    I was looking for the article on “How Great Thou Art” and the link doesn’t work.

  20. I found your website while doing research on a Gospel hymn. I am a pastor of 35 years, and love to quote hymn lyrics in sermons. My favorite hobby is researching the background behind the hymns, finding information as to the why a hymn was written, by whom it was written and when it was written. I have found your site to be one of the best kept secrets on the web. Your posts are informative and most inspirational. Thank you so much for sharing your vast knowledge of the history and information of the hymns. May our dear Lord bless you and continue this ministry through you! In Jesus dear name!
    Mike Moore, Morris Chapel, TN

  21. Dear Brother,
    I found your site while researching information regarding one of the hymns. This is the best kept secret on the web! What a wonderful thing you are doing in sharing your vast knowledge of the hymns! I have found your site most informative and inspirational! May the Lord continue this work through you, in Jesus dear name! Thank you and thank the Lord for you.
    God’s blessing be upon you,
    Mike Moore
    Morris Chapel, TN

    • Thanks for your encouragement. I’ve been studying the background and content of our hymns and gospel songs for nearly fifty years. The blog was started three years ago, at the suggestion of my publisher, to augment and advertise my book(s). But Wordwise Hymns has taken on a life of its own. With over 170,000 visits now, from more than ninety countries, it’s not quite a “best kept secret,” but I’d love to see its impact grow even more.

      In yesterday morning’s service, in our Praise & Prayer Time, I shared something about the worst countries in the world for persecuting believers, and told the folks that in eight out of eleven of them, there are Christians who visit my blog. Even though they are forbidden to assemble to worship the Lord, they find ways to enrich their spiritual lives.

      Your comment that you love to quote hymns in your sermons rang a bell. Yesterday, I quoted Fanny Crosby’s “To God Be the Glory,” and actually had the congregation sing a verse of “Jesus Loves Me” at another point in my message.

      Thanks again for your comments Mike. May the Lord bless you as you continue to serve Him. Have a joyous Easter. He is risen!

  22. Do you have the lyrics for the song “JUST FOR TODAY”?
    Thank you!

    • Thanks for the question. I have the lyrics, and a bit of the story behind the hymn here. As noted there, a concert version was recorded by famed baritone, John Charles Thomas, who had one of the great voices of the 20th century. You can hear him sing it on his radio program here. You can hear the hymn version played on the MIDI file on the Cyber Hymnal here.

      So there you are. Three answers for one question. :-)

  23. I came upon your blog today and just want to thank you for your sincere and complete dedication to God-honoring worship through music. I’m preparing an article for our church newsletter about biblically accurate words in music and wish everyone in the church could read your writings. From your article about applause after a special to protecting the integrity of God’s word in our hymns, you cause my heart to rejoice. God bless you.

    • Thanks for your kind words. I’ve been at this a lot of years, and it’s always an encouragement to hear that I’ve been a blessing to someone. If you want to use the “Applause” article as a bulletin insert, you’re welcome to do that. I’d just appreciate you giving my name and URL when you do. Applause is a tricky thing. So many churches are used to it. Occasionally, when I’ve sung a solo, I’ve asked that folks refrain from applauding and just focus on the message of the song.

      • Hi. I really thank God for you exposition on the selected hymns. They are highly inspirational. I take the liberty to share the thought daily with friends. It makes them happy. God will continue to bless you abundantly. I am a hymnist. I will post some of my text to you before long.

        Revd Can. ‘Bola Omodun. Ilori

      • Thanks for the encouragement. Glad to hear others are being blessed by the articles. Drop by any time. God bless.

  24. I am trying to find out who wrote the following tune to “Away in a manger:”
    G.E.D .G.E.D .G.B..ag A.G-.//G.f#f#.E. D. E.E . G.f#f#.E.D.E- E.A.A.ab. C.B.A.G.B.ag. F#-.//G.E.D .G.E.D .G.B.ag. A.G-. [caps= 1 beat each, lc=1/8 notes] ["contemporary" tune, young children in school rather than church]

    • Sorry, I can’t help you on that one. Didn’t recognize the melody you’ve included. I know of two or three common tunes to this carol, but it doesn’t seem to fit any of them! All I can tell you definitely is that neither the words nor the music came from Martin Luther, although some books erroneously refer to it as “Luther’s Cradle Hymn.” (I know that doesn’t help you, but just thought I’d throw it in! :-))

  25. Are you a descendent of ‘THE’ Thomas Cott(e)rill, Sheffield parson, who compiled his own hymn-book (illegally) in 1820?

    • H-m-m… Can’t say for sure, but I passed the question on to my son, who’s the genealogist of the family and has traced us back hundreds of years. (Am I in danger of being charged for this illegal activity, if I am? :-))

  26. No, no, a thousand times, No! Rev. Cotterill wanted to create some organization to all the individual hymns being brought to him. His congregation, like many others in England at that time, had been singing hymns in the services, although the ecclesiastical commissioners regarded hymns as illegal because they were not in the BCP liturgy!. The archbishop had to hold court to try the offending priest, and the court found him guilty. The fine resulted. The archbishop personally liked hymns and suddenly saw the opportunity for them. He himself paid the fine and took over the hymn-book. He had it printed and thus it was the first hymn-book in the “protestant” church. The first truly official Church of England hymnal was published in 1861. (But there’s another story!)

    • (I hope you realize I was joking–about my legal culpability.) In any event, here’s my son’s answer to the question of whether I’m a descendant of Thomas Cotterill’s. (I’ll pass on your most recent post to him as well.)

      Very interesting!

      The short answer is, no. You’re not. But, if the question was “Are you closely related?” that would be another matter. I’m not sure.

      We do know that our family was only about 40 miles away only 6 years earlier. Now, 40 miles of course in those days could be a very long way indeed. On the other hand, in the days of the Industrial Revolution, 6 years could be a very long time.

      The closest relation could be a brother of your ancestor William, your Great Great Grandfather. Which of course would make him (Thomas) an Uncle. Unfortunately, I don’t yet have any info on this William’s siblings.

      It would be very interesting to know a connection, because I found it very odd that our ancestors are so hard to find in parish records, even when I have a pretty good idea exactly what parish they were in, and the records are readily available. One explanation would be that the Cottrills were a part of some kind of dissenting group, and so weren’t married and buried where the “normal” people were.

      So it would be very interesting to find out more about the religion and activities about this Thomas, because it may actually shed some light on what the Cottrills were up to in this era.

  27. I’m taking it for granted, Cotterill/Cottrill – 1820 unreliable spelling.
    Rev. Thos. Cotterill, M.A. Oxen., was a parson in Sheffield, England, and the precise dates of the hymn-book in question are 1819-20-21,, although his unpublished first-ever was put together in 1809. The archbishop involved could have been A.of York, John Moore, or A. of Canterbury, E.V. Vernon. – John Riley.

  28. I just love the old hymns and the words the way they were written. Today the world has made such mockery of these hymns. Love the hymns of Fanny J Crosby., William Poole, Charles Wesley and of course John Newton and Isaac Watts. We need to keep their songs alive! Thanks for your site! Helen

    • Greatly appreciate the encouragement. With over 225,000 visits to the blog from more than 190 countries of the world, you’re in good company! :-) Drop by any time, and God bless.

  29. My Mother and 2 of her brothers were visiting today–they are in their 70’s. One of the brothers is looking for a song with the course of

    Oh, praise the Lord for this great hope
    That cheers me day by day
    For if I’m not caught up alive
    I’ll be there anyway.

    They don’t remember the other words and he asked me to look for it. I’m not being able to find any thing. I believe their father used to sing it working out in the fields.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • Thanks for the question. It’s a song I wasn’t familiar with. It was published in 1918 by Herbert Buffum. The actual title is I’ll Be There Anyway, and the first line is “I hope to live till Jesus comes.” I couldn’t locate a printed version of the words, but there is a rendition of it on YouTube. It’s not particularly great, but you can hear it here. God bless.

  30. Have you ever heard or seen an arrangement of the Lords Prayer Matt. 6:9 – 13 by Mendelssohn,’s tune of Consolation, which is also a tune for another hymn. I had a collection book that had that arrangement, which I would like to find again. I should look through some stacks of music I have. But I thought it might be available on Solo Sheet Music sight. I did email them the same query. I dont see it among arrangements they have.

    • Sounds interesting, but no, I’ve never heard of an arrangement using Mendelssohn’s tune. I see the Cyber Hymnal has a version with a tune by Lowell Mason here, but other than that, Albert Malotte’s version is the one I know.

  31. I know of an arrangement that used to be popular in the UK. It was/is:A setting of the main theme of the slow movement in Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”. It fits perfectly (using the first note of each phrase as a reciting note). Thus: Our Father, which// art in //heav’n////Ha- //low//ed//be//thy//Name -////: (etc.) I calls for, of course, an elementary knowledge and ability to sing Anglican Chant!. Choirs and congregations love it and learn it quickly and easily. – John Riley

  32. I once heard a song many years ago and it went like this:
    “Wonderful that Jesus loves me,
    Ages past was thinking of me,
    It is wonderful.
    Wonderful he died to save me,
    Took my sins and pardon gave me,
    It is wonderful.
    Wonderful he leads before me,
    Keeps and cares and watches o’er me,
    It is wonderful.
    Wonderful that I should meet him,
    Face to face in heaven greet him,
    IT IS WONDERFUL!!!!!!”
    I overheard this song and never was able to find it in any book or even on the internet. Have you ever heard it?

    • Always glad to be of help. The song is called simply Wonderful, and its actually a chorus, not a full hymn or gospel song. It was written by John Peterson in 1952, and published a year later in a song book called Miracle Melodies. If you quoted the entire song from memory, you have a great memory! Just two small errors. The first line is, “Wonderful that Jesus loved me.” And near the end is the line, “Wonderful that I shall meet Him.” God bless.

  33. What a delight to find this website! The hymnology of the Church is one of its richest treasures. Thank you for keeping it available through this medium.
    It is a joy to see hymns that I know and love and have blessed me and others for so many years. The music, melody and message of the traditional hymns are incomparable.

    • Thanks for your kind words. God bless.

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