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Short Name: George T. Congreve
Full Name: Congreve, George Thomas, 1821-
Birth Year: 1821

Congreve, George Thomas, born at Islington, 1821, and educated for the medical profession, has practised in London for many years. As a Deacon of the Baptist Church, Kye Lane, Peckham, and Superintendent of its Sunday School, he has done much to advance the interests of that body, and to popularise Sunday School work. In the interest of Sunday Schools he published, in 1869:—
Gems of Song for the Sunday School. A Hymn-book adapted for General Use in Schools and Families. Loud., Elliott Stock. To this was added Gems of Song Music, 1871.

Of this collection about one million copies have been sold. Mr. Congreve contributed thereto:—
1. Beyond the dark river a land I behold. Heaven.
2. For ever beautiful abide. Heaven.
3. Hark! what voice the silence breaks. Invitation.
4. How sweet [holy] is the Bible, how pure is the light. Holy Scriptures.
5. Look back! 'tis time I marked the road. New Year.
6. Look to Jesus! yes I may. Looking to Jesus.
7. Mark the lilies, frail and fair. Flower Services.
8. 0 Saviour, dear Saviour, remember me now. Lent.
9. Shepherd sweet, and fair, and holy. Prayer to the Good Shepherd.
10. Sweet Star of the morning. Christ the Morning Star.
I1. There is a throne of matchless grace. The Throne of Grace.
Most of these hymns have been repeated in other collections for children. They are elevated in tone and simple and direct in expression; and are specially useful for children's services.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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