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  1. A few months ago you wrote on Bev Shea. I lost the article and would like it. Can you email a copy or give me the date it was published?

    Bob McClelland

    • Thanks for writing. I have a couple of articles that relate to this wonderful gospel singer. One on his death, and another on the background of his signature song, I’d Rather Have Jesus. God bless.

  2. I just wish to point out that Henry Francis Lyte was not born in Ireland but in Ednam in the Scottish Borders. He was educated at Portora School in Northern Ireland he always believed himself to be an orphan which was not the case.It was only in later life hat he learned the truth and met up again with his father. His mother died before they managed to meet again

    • Thanks so much. Don’t know how I missed that. (Senior’s moment, maybe?) It’s corrected now. Thanks again, and God bless.

  3. What a treasure your site is! I am a homeschooling mom in the U.S., using the Charlotte Mason method. Hymn study is a regular part of our curriculum, and I found information on ‘Jesus I am Resting, Resting’ that I could not find on the other hymn sites–very exciting! I so appreciate your discussion of the Biblical framework for each hymn. I am excited to recommend your site to other homeschooling families who may not be aware of it! A hymn which I used to sing when I was involved in Reformed University Fellowship in college (and still love) is ‘From The Depths of Woe’ by Martin Luther. The profoundest truths about justification, IMHO! I would love to see it appear on your list!

    • Thanks so much for your kind comments. Always glad the Lord uses my efforts. And I appreciate the reference to Martin Luther’s hymn. I’ve made a note to include it in my blogs some time this spring. God bless.

  4. I plan to use an adapted version of Mr. Cottrill’s analysis of “Faith is the Victory” with my high school freshmen this year when I teach the following two poems: “The Charge of the Light Brigade” (Tennyson) and “The Destruction of Sennacherib” (Byron). I appreciate his work in creating this hymn resource to tie in to my language arts curriculum. Best Regards!

    • Sounds interesting. And thanks for your encouraging words. If it’s practical to do so, I’d appreciate it if you would identify Wordwise Hymns as the source of your comments on the hymn. (It would be a good way to give your students an example of attribution as well.) God bless.

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