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Robert Murray

1832 - 1910 Meter: Author of "Jesus, Lord, we humbly pray" in The Presbyterian Book of Praise Murray, Robert, Minister of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, born Dec. 25, 1832, is the author of "From ocean unto ocean" (National Hymn), and "Lord, Thou lov'st the cheerful giver" (Almsgiving), in the Scotch Church Hymnary, 1898. [Rev. James Bonar M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907) ====================== Murray, Robert. (Earltown, Nova Scotia, December 25, 1832--December 12, 1910, Halifax, N.S.). Presbyterian. Study at Halifax's Free Church College yielded him a licence to preach, but instead of seeking ordination he edited (1855-1910) his denomination's principal periodical in the Maritimes, Presbyterian Witness. In its pages, and from pulpits, he strongly supported controversial causes like temperance, Sunday observance, and the Confederation of 1867 (which in Halifax was greeting with a day of public mourning). These interests are reflected in his four hymns included in Canadian Presbyterians' first Hymnal (1880)--though, as the sole native-born contributor, he attached to them only the initial "M." to avoid giving the impression of claiming equality with poets of the homeland. --Hugh D. McKellar, DNAH Archives

J. H. Rosecrans

1845 - 1926 Person Name: James Holmes Rosecrans Meter: Composer of "SASKATCHEWAN" in The Cyber Hymnal James Holmes Rosecrans stu­died at the Baxter Un­i­ver­si­ty of Mu­sic in Friend­ship, New York. Af­ter teaching for two years, he joined the Fill­more Bro­thers Mu­sic House in Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio. As of 1880, he was teach­ing mu­sic in Doug­las Coun­ty, Col­o­ra­do. In 1884, was an evan­gel­ist in California, and later was as­so­ci­ated with evan­gel­is­tic efforts in Tex­as, and taught mu­sic and Bi­ble at Carl­ton College in Bon­ham, Tex­as. He pub­lished over 20 music col­lect­ions in his life­time. © The Cyber Hymnal™ (

Julia Anne Elliott

1809 - 1841 Meter: Author of "Hail, thou bright and sacred morn" in The Hymnal Elliott, Julia Anne, née Marshall, daughter of Mr. John Marshall, of Hallsteads, Ullswater, was married to the Rev. H. V. Elliott (q.v.), in 1833, and died Nov. 3, 1841. Her hymns were contributed to her husband's Psalms & Hymns, 1835, anonymously, but in the Index to the "3rd thousand," 1839, her initials were added. These hymns are eleven in all, and concerning them, Miller has justly said (S. & Songs, p. 482), they "show a most refined poetical taste, and a special faculty for appreciating and expressing, appropriately, phases of thought and feeling that are beautiful, and that might have escaped common observation." Of these hymns the best known are, "Hail, thou bright and sacred morn," “On the dewy breath of even,” and "We love Thee, Lord, yet not alone”(q.v.). The rest are:— 1. Father, if that gracious name. Intercession. 2. Great Creator, who this day. Sunday. 3. I would believe; but my weak heart. Len. 4. My God, and can I linger still. Lent. 5. O not when o'er the trembling soul. Lent. 6. O Thou, who didst this rite reveal. Holy Communion. 7. Soon, too soon, the sweet repose. Sunday Evening. 8. Welcome to me the darkest night. Resignation. -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

John Webster Grant

1919 - 2006 Person Name: John Webster Grant, 1919- Meter: Translator of "Holy Spirit, Font of Light" in The Covenant Hymnal Grant, John Webster. (Truro, Nova Scotia, June 27, 1919- ). United Church. Dalhousie University (Halifax), B.A., 1938, M.A., 1941; Keble College, Oxford, D.Phil., 1948. Served as a Navy chaplain during World War II; acted as editor-in-chief of Ryerson Press (Toronto), 1959-1963; taught church history at Pine Hill Divinity School (Halifax), 1948-1949; Union College (Vancouver), 1949-1957; in South India, 1958-1959; and at Emmanuel College (Toronto), 1963-?. He published many books and articles in his field of specialty, notably The church in the Canadian era (1972). His hymn-writing began with translations and paraphrases, but even they reveal his unusual range of talent and expertise. --Hugh D. McKellar, DNAH Archives

Charles Steggall

1826 - 1905 Person Name: C. Steggall Meter: Composer of "ST. CLEMENT" in The Church Hymnal

Solomon L. Ginsburg

1867 - 1927 Person Name: Salomão Luiz Ginsburg Meter: Author of "Pão da Vida" in Hinário para o Culto Cristão Born in Poland in 1867, Ginsburg was a Baptist pastor and missionary to Brazil for thirty-five years. He wrote A Wandering Jew in Brazil: An Autobiography

A. E. Floyd

1877 - 1974 Person Name: Alfred Ernest Floyd, 1877-1974 Meter: Composer of "FLOYD" in Together in Song

Francis B. Westbrook

1903 - 1975 Person Name: Francis Westbrook Meter: Composer of "NEW HORIZONS" in Hymns for the Living Church

Alfred Ostrom

1868 - 1941 Person Name: Alfred Ostrom, 1868-1941 Meter: Adapter (translation) of "Tu Palabra, ¡oh santo Dios!" in Culto Cristiano

Christopher Miner

Person Name: Chrisopher Miner Meter: Composer of "[God, be merciful to me]" in Psalms for All Seasons


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