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John R. Sweney
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Short Name: John R. Sweney
Full Name: Sweney, John R., 1837-1899
Birth Year: 1837
Death Year: 1899

John R. Sweney (1837-1899) was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and exhibited musical abilities at an early age. At nineteen he was studying with a German music teacher, leading a choir and glee club, and performing at children’s entertainments. By twenty-two he was teaching at a school in Dover, Delaware. Soon thereafter, he was put in charge of the band of the Third Delaware Regiment of the Union Army for the duration of the Civil War. After the war, he became Professor of Music at the Pennsylvania Military Academy, and director of Sweney’s Cornet Band. He eventually earned Bachelor and Doctor of Music degrees at the Academy.

Sweney began composing church music in 1871 and became well-known as a leader of large congregations. His appreciators stated “Sweney knows how to make a congregation sing” and “He had great power in arousing multitudes.” He also became director of music for a large Sunday school at the Bethany Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia of which John Wanamaker was superintendent (Wanamaker was the founder of the first major department store in Philadelphia). In addition to his prolific output of hymn melodies and other compositions, Sweney edited or co-edited about sixty song collections, many in collaboration with William J. Kirkpatrick. Sweney died on April 10, 1899, and his memorial was widely attended and included a eulogy by Wanamaker.

Joe Hickerson from "Joe's Jottings #9" used by permission


Hymnals by John R. Sweney (55)sort descendingAsPublication Year
Bright Melodies: for the Sunday school and young people's societies embracing praise hymns, work songs, invitation songs, primary songs, etc., etc.Jno R. Sweney (Editor)1899
Dew Drops: comprising new songs, hymns, etc. for young singersJno. R. Sweney (Editor)1895
Finest of the Wheat Male ChorusJohn R. Sweney (Editor)1896
Gems of Praise and Joyful Songs CombinedJ. R. Sweney (Editor)1904
Gems of Praise (Choice Collection of Sacred Melodies)J. R. Sweney (Editor)1876
Glad HallelujahsJohn R. Sweney (Editor)1887
Goodly Pearls for the Sunday SchoolJ. R. Sweney (Editor)1875
Gospel Hosannas: A Choice Collection of Hymns and Tunes for use in Evangelistic, Brotherhood and Mission Meetings, Sunday School, Etc.John R. Sweney (Editor)1898
Hymn-Songs: for use in the Sunday school, young people's meeting, the church and homeJohn R. Sweney (Music Editor)1895
Infant Praises: a collection of sacred songs, hymns, and music, for use in the Sabbath school primary departmentJno. R. Sweney (Editor)1887
Joy to the World: or, sacred songs for gospel meetingsJno. R. Sweney (Editor)1879
Joyful Sound: a collection of new hymns and music with familiar selectionsJohn Robson Sweney (Editor)1889
Junior Songs: a collection of sacred hymns and songs; for use in meetings of junior societies, Sunday Schools, etc.John R. Sweney (Editor)1892
Living Hymns: for use in the Sabbath School, Christian Endeavor Meetings, the church & homeJohn R. Sweney (Editor)1890
Melodies of SalvationJohn R. Sweney (Editor)1901
Melodies of SalvationJ. R. Sweney (Editor)1900
Melodies of SalvationJ. R. Sweney (Editor)1899
Melodious SonnetsJohn R. Sweney (Editor)1885
On Joyful Wing : A Book of Praise and SongJohn R. Sweney (Editor)1886
Our Praise in Song: a collection of hymns and sacred melodies, adapted for use by Sunday schools, Endeavor societies, Epworth Leagues, evangelists, pastors, choristers, etc.Jno R. Sweney (Editor)1893
Our Sabbath Home Praise BookJ. R. Sweney (Editor)1884
Praise Hymns and Full Salvation SongsJno. R. Sweney (Music Editor)1898
Praise in SongJ. R. Sweeney (Editor)1893
Precious Hymns for Times of Refreshing and RevivalJno. R. Sweney (Music Editor)1885
Radiant Songs: for use in meetings for Christian worship or workJno R. Sweney (Editor)1891
Redemption songsJno. R. Sweney (Music Editor)1889
Sacred Trio: comprising Redemption Songs, Showers of Blessing, the Joyful SoundJno. R. Sweney (Music Editor)1889
Showers of BlessingJno. R. Sweney (Editor)1888
Songs of Joy and GladnessJno. R. Sweney (Editor)1885
Songs of Love and PraiseJohn Robson Sweney (Editor)1894
Songs of Love and Praise No. 2 for use in meetings for christian worship or workJohn R. Sweney (Editor)1895
Songs of Love and Praise No. 3: For use in Meetings for Christian Worship of WorkJohn R. Sweney (Editor)1896
Songs of Love and Praise No. 4Jno. R. Sweney (Editor)1897
Songs of Love and Praise No. 5: for use in meetings for Christian worship or workJohn R. Sweney (Editor)1898
Songs of Perfect LoveJohn R. Sweney, Mus. Doc. (Editor)1886
Songs of Redeeming LoveJno R. Sweney (Editor)1882
Songs of Redeeming Love (No. 2)Jno. R. Sweney (Editor)1887
Songs of the CenturyJ. R. Sweney (Editor)1900
Songs of the New Life with Songs of Redeeming Love Combined: for use in gospel meetings, etc.Jno R. Sweney, Mus Doc (Editor)1883
Sunlit SongsJohn Robson Sweney (Editor)1890
Temple Songs (Seaside ed.)Jno. R. Sweney (Music Editor)1892
Temple Trio: comprising "On Joyful Wing", "Melodious Sonnets" and "Precious Hymns"J. R. Sweney (Editor)1886
The Ark of PraiseJ. R. Sweney (Editor)1882
The Bow of Promise: hymns new and old for missionary and revival meetings and Sabbath-schoolsJno. R. Sweney (Editor)1898
The Finest of the Wheat No. 2Jno. R. Sweney (Editor)1894
The GarnerJ. R. Sweney (Editor)1878
The Quiver of Sacred Song, for use in Sunday School, Prayer Meetings, Gospel Meetings, etc.Jno. R. Sweney (Editor)1880
The Royal Fountain No.3: sacred songs and hymns for use in Sabbath-school or prayer meetingJno R. Sweney (Editor)1882
The Royal Fountain No.4: sacred songs and hymns for use in Sabbath-school or prayer meetingJ. R. Sweney (Editor)1884
The Sacred Trio: comprising Redemption Songs, Showers of Blessing, The Joyful Sound (Word ed.)John R. Sweney (Editor)1892
The Voice of Triumph (19th ed.)Jno. R. Sweney (Editor)1903
The Welcome Voice: a collection of gospel hymns and songsJno. R. Sweney (Editor)1884
The Wells of Salvation: songs for the Sabbath SchoolJohn R. Sweney (Editor)1881
Unfading Treasures: a compilation of sacred songs and hymns, adapted for use by Sunday schools, Epworth Leagues, endeavor societies, pastors, evangelists, choristers, etc.Jno. R. Sweney (Editor)1893
Winning SongsJ. R. Sweney (Editor)1892

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