Review of Hymns Old and New – 2007

Our hymn book (Music Edition) was first issued in 1914 with 256 hymns. Then, about 1922, a supplement of 27 hymns was added. The next edition was in 1928, with 301 hymns and an appendix of 12 additional tunes. In 1952, a complete revision was made because the type had become so worn and the book so bulky. In 1955, another supplement of 73 hymns was added. In 1987, our present edition was printed with 412 hymns.
The revision in 1952 necessitated many old favorites being left out so that room might be found for new ones. Of the many submitted, few were considered suitable, as most of them were lacking in poetic value, character and rhythm, or were merely repetitions of thoughts far better expressed by those who know something of the three “R’s” of poetry – rhyme, rhythm and reason. When writing a hymn, one looks for a theme, a thought, or text as a background to give it body and character, and then a suitable tune to express the sentiment. Unfortunately, many of the hymns in our last hymn edition, instead of being “tailor-made” have had to be set to ready-made tunes. What would be welcome for future editions would be soul-stirring poems to similarly inspired music.
Again, quite a few good hymns have had to be left out as they were only suitable for solo singing, whereas the need of our book is for hymns that can be sung by all the congregation in either fellowship or gospel meetings. One often notices hymns that are seldom sung because of a tune that does not take and vice-versa. A suitable tune considerably enhances the value of a hymn.
For the purpose of our study, we will consider those written by our friends in alphabetical order:
Jack Annand (1891-1957) Wrote hymns 115, 123, 196, 227, 245, 269, 281, 328, and 401. There is some nice poetry in most of them. Jack went into the work in 1913 and laboured in Australia, USA, Canada, Poland, and Lalvia.
Mrs. Rene Beattie (1886-1969) A worker in New Zealand, wrote hymns 38, 66, 71, 79, 91, 140, and 282. Hymn 91 was written after she and her companion were out looking for a place in which to hold gospel meetings. At last they got the use of a barn. It was there that Mrs. Beattie set down and penned the first two verses. She later on added a third, and later another verse, which was:
“Come follow Him to mountain height,
And learn His way and will for thee;
Look past the world and keep in view
Eternity, Eternity!”
H. C. Berrett(1885-1955) Cliff lived in Austrailia. Hymn 389.
Robert Blair (1874-1942) who also laboured in New Zealand, was born in Otokia, near Dunedin in 1874 and died in 1942. After selling some property left to him in Scotland, he started out in the work in England, and remained there about two years before going on to New Zealand, where he was for several years. He spent some time in Fiji, Samon, and Norfork Isles. Then he returned to Queensland, where he died after 11 years. He wrote hymns 216, 293, 322, and 358. When he was in Exeter on one occasion he pulled out a scrap of paper from his waistband pocket and ask another worker he met there if the verses that he had written on it would do for a hymn. It was hymn 216.
Geoffrey Bowdler (1900-1974) Hymn 178. Goeffrey lived in England. He also wrote the music to this hymn.
Joel Boyd (1945- ) wrote hymn 63. This hymn was written in Spanish originally. It was translated into English by his sister, Virginia.
Mrs. Edna Carman (1895-1965) Hymn 237. This hymn is an expression of her testimony. It is believed in some areas to have been written by Alfred Dunn.
William Carroll (1878-1953) went forth into the harvest field in 1903. He laboured in England, Ireland, and Australia. He spent the latter years of his life in Australia. He wrote hymns 70 and 204. He was on a ship between Australia and America when word came that WW2 had broken out. He went down to his cabin and he wrote hymn 70 “Send Thy Light.”
Blanche Chappel (1881-1978) was from Degerham, Suffolk. She laboured quite a time in Eastern Canada. Wrote hymns 367 and 387. Both are inspiring hymns.
Jack Craig (1885-1974) wrote hymns 5 and 104. Jack professed in 1906 and went into the work in 1908. He laboured in NZ, Australia, Germany, Czecholokia, and Austria.
James Craig (brother of Jack Craig) wrote hymns 108 and 129. He was a chiropractor in Christ Church, New Zealand.
Mrs. Winnie Cresswell (1890-1939) Hymns 362 and 368. Winnie laboured awhile in the Maritine Provinces of easterm Canada, and  then married Will Cresswell in 1924.
Kenneth Dissmore (1916-1993) Hymns 105, 106, 284, 287, and 403. Hymn 105 was written in the 1950s. Hymn 106 was written in 1968. Hymn 287 was written as a funeral hymn in the 1960s. Hymns 403 and 284 were written with C. Anderson.
James Fawcett (1886-1858) was from Fermanagh. He went into the work in 1904. He laboured in Ireland and a number of years in the eastern U.S.A. He wrote hymns 229, 236, 319, 347, and 383. Hymn 229 was 326 in our last book, and some of the words have been changed.
Harry Fleming (1888-1969) Another USA worker who wrote hymn 61.
Mrs. John Graham (1885-1818) USA. Professed in North Dakota in 1905. She later moved to Saskatchchewan Canada. She wrote hymn 301.
Dorothy Hanson (1910- ) She has laboured in western U.S.A., Sweden, and Finland. Hymn 210 was written in 1973.
Tom Holms (1877-1930) wrote a number of hymns he never cared to show anyone. Hymn 157 was one of them. He lived near Niagara Falls. He died in the home of one of the friends soon after a meeting.
Charlie Hultgren (1869-1944) was from Norway. He was a chiropractor in Calgary, Alberta. He wrote hymn 39. The words came to him one sleepless night in 1922. He lived in western Canada.
Garrett Hughes (1895- ) Garrett went into the work in 1919. He has laboured in central and midwestern U.S.A. He wrote hymns 193, 248, and 333.
Willie Hughes (1880-1966) laboured in New Zealand. He went there in 1906. He wrote hymns 35, 72, 133, 161, and 399.
Adam Hutchison (1873-1925) Hymns 243, 363, and 377. Adam laboured in England and Australia. He pioneered the work in India and Burma. Adam was born in Lauder, Berwickshire, Scotland. For a time he worked for his father as a blacksmith, and then he went as a colporteur under the Faith Mission until he met George Walker and became his companion.
Willie Jamieson (1881-1974) was born in Scotland. Willie went into the work in 1905. He laboured in Scotland, western USA, China and the Philipines. He wrote hymn 75.
James Jardine (1884-1969) went into the work in 1905. He laboured for some time in Germany, and was many years in the U.S. He has quite a few hymns to his credit: 9, 11, 20, 41, 73, 97, 98, 99, 127, 173, 174, 221, 230, 299, 357, 364, 411, and 412.
Sam Jones might well be called “The Sweet Psalmist of Israel” in our day because of the number hymns he wrote and their fragrance and spritual thought. He wrote on a variety of subjects and loved to dwell much on the theme of redemption and God’s will and purpose to conform us to His image. We are surely indebted to him, and yet even more to the Lord who moved him to write such inspiring hymns.
Sam Jones (1877-1946) is an old and esteemed friend. He was born in Portadown, North Ireland in 1877. He went forth to preach in 1902, and in 1908 went to South Australia. He went to Western Australia in about 1909 and then to Tasmania, where he spent about twenty years. He had not been home for 30 years when he came back home to England in 1938. He returned to Australia and eventually went to East Rockingham, the first village he set foot in after landing at Freemantle. Soon after his discouraged companion left him, being discouraged. Sam let him have what little money he had and went on alone. Getting worn out with the journey, he took shelter in an empty house. The next day he found himself too weak to walk, and he stayed there for 18 days. He might have died there, but some gypsies found him and gave him some food. It was about this time that he wrote the hymn “I Cannot Now Go Back.” He loved to study nature as well as the scriptures, and it was on a Sunday, April 14, 1946,
that he went out for his usual morning walk and did not return. He had collapsed and died of heart failure. He had suffered from heart trouble for a
long time. In Sam’s Bible, he had written, “I had fainted unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord.” ( PS. 27:13) Sometime during the early years, Sam wrote the following on the back of one of his photos, something that gives a picture of his struggle:
“The Spirit to continue with Him in His temptations,
This is the Grace and Virtue that I crave.
So much would draw me backward-
So much would draw me downward,
And hinder me from being strong and brave.”
In 1909, at Gladstone, Sam wrote hymn 241 “The Truth of God so Precious.” Remember, he didn’t have much to encourage. It makes those phrases “anointed eyes see always Jesus ahead” and “’twas life I got, not theory” seem so real. The following is a list of hymns Sam wrote that arefound in our present book: 3, 14, 19, 22, 27, 29, 32, 34, 40, 42, 44, 50, 53, 67, 76, 77, 78, 80, 92, 94, 103, 107, 111, 114, 116, 121, 122, 126, 131, 134, 135, 136, 142, 143, 144, 145, 147, 148, 149, 150, 152, 154, 155, 162, 169, 177, 185, 186, 188, 190, 192, 194, 199, 200, 201, 202, 203, 205, 206, 211, 212, 213, 217, 219, 222, 233, 241, 246, 249, 250, 252, 253, 254, 262, 264, 266, 268, 273, 274, 275, 290, 295, 307, 309, 311, 313, 316, 318, 326, 331, 336, 345, 346, 348, 353, 356, 360, 366, 371, 373, 374 ,380, 388, 390, 391, 393, 394, 396, and 408.
Elinor Kleeb (1915- ) Elinor labours in western USA. In 1937, she wrote both words and music to hymn 317. She went into the work in 1939 and laboured in mid-western USA.
Jack Leach, who lived in Shropshire, England, wrote hymn 168.
Mary Lindley (1903-1979) Professed in one of Willie Webb’s meetings (1918) in his early days in the states. She was in the work also for a number of years and laboured in southern USA. She wrote hymns 93, 261, and 320.
Marion MacPherson (1922- ) Marion went into the work in California in 1947. She wrote the words and music to hymns 259 and 270. Hymn 259 written in 1980. Hymn 270 was also written in 1980 while she cared for her mother.
Robert Marshall (1889-1961) was born in County Antrim. After a short time in the work in Ireland, he went to several countries in Europe. He wrote hymn 340 while in Italy.
John Martin (1876-1955) is an old friend and brother who went into the work in 1916 from his home in County Sligo. He was in the work for a few years in Ireland before going to Scotland. He was writing hymns before he went into the work. We have three in this issue:  37, 180, and 251. Hymn 180 is considered by many his best and one of the most useful hymns in our book, because it embraces so much that is dear to the hearts of God’s children. Hymn 37 was dictated just a few days before he died. He wrote over 100 hymns.
Mary McGregor (1884-1970) Mary laboured in south-eastern USA. She wrote hymns 101, 286, 352, 355, 359, and 361.
Richard Middleton (1922- ) labours in western USA. Hymn 323 was written by him after the funeral of a 20 year-old saint girl who was killed while walking to a gospel meeting in 1970.
Mrs. Elma Wiebe Milton (1907- ) Elma went into the work in 1927 and laboured on the west coast of the USA. She wrote hymns 21, 30, 62, 130, 189, 218, 235, 325, 375, and 385. Hymn 130 was written after her mother’s death. Elma was home for a short time and was anxious for her younger sister who was still in her teens and professing. Elma knew when she left home, her sister would have to face life’s battles on her own. She wrote this hymn to be a help to her sister.
Winnie Mewes (1893-1962) Winnie laboured in Queensland and South Australia. She wrote hymn 198.
Charlie Morgan (1875-1950) was from Wales. He died in the states. He came from England. He went into the work in 1910 and laboured in western Canada. He wrote hymn 280.
Ken Paginton (1923- ) Ken labours in England. He also spent some years in Madagascar. He wrote hymns 65, 151, 239, 257, 265, 267, 332, 349, and 405. He wrote hymn 151 in 1981. Hymn 239 was written on his first home visit to England from Madagascar. Hymn 257 was written in 1950. Hymn 332 was written in 1970 in Madagascar as he was thinking of the convention beginning in England. Hymn 349 was written in 1969, and hymn 405 in 1961.
Mrs. Margaret Easton Phillips (1927- ) is from NZ. Margaret (Easton) wrote hymn 84 in Hong Kong, in 1962, to a German hymn tune. She now lives in Napier NZ.
James Patrick (1872-1960) from Scotland. Hymn 191 –  He wrote this hymn while in South Dakota, USA. He laboured in the midwestern USA and eastern Canada.
Wm. Ed Pool (1891-1966) USA. Ed professed in 1910, and went into the work in 1911. He laboured in central USA. He wrote hymn 120.
Gladys Porteous (1897- ) is a worker in the States. She wrote hymns 55, 64, 207, 300, and 386. Hymn 64 is a useful hymn in missions. It was written before she went into the work in 1923, as she thought of what Jack Carroll spoke about Jesus’ living, dying, interceding and coming again for us. Some years later, while laid up with illness, she wrote hymn 55 again from a message of Jack Carroll’s on the Kingdom of God. Gladys wrote hymn 300 her first year in the work as she went alone to make some visits. She climbed up a hill overlooking the city of San Diego and wrote this hymn.
Jack Price (1922- ) from Canada. Labours in western Canada and USA. He wrote hymn 288 in 1970, and hymn 342 in 1962.
Mable Pryor (1900-1990) was a USA worker. She wrote hymn 51. Mable wrote this hymn in Modesto California in 1933. She laboured in western USA, Canada, and Alaska.
Eustance Radford (1880-1949) wrote hymn 292 after the death of his beloved wife, Kate, in May 1932. Conventions have been held at his home in Australia for a number of years.
Harry Redman (1903-1985) Harry heard the gospel in Saskatchewan, Canada. He wrote hymn 68 from John 6:68. He was living in British Columbia, Canada when he wrote this hymn in 1970.
Hugh Roberts (1884-1971) Hugh laboured in eastern Canada. Hymn 283 –  he also wrote the music to this hymn.
Tom Roberts (1904-1974) was an Irishman labouring in the States. He wrote hymn 260.
Harry V. Savage (1887-1986) was from England. Harry laboured in Canada and USA, before going to Chile in 1926. He wrote hymn 329.
Mrs. May Schulz (1902- ) Hymn 69, 195, 209, 223, 258, 279, 315, 370, and 402. May is from Ireland and lives in Victoria, Australia. She wrote the music also to hymn 69 (see John 6:68), hymn 195 (see Psalms 91:4), hymn 223 (see Matthew 11:29), hymn 402 (see John 12:24), hymn 214 (Paraphrase of Psalm 124, written by King David).
Sandy Scott (1886-1968) was from Scotland and went into the work in 1909. He laboured in Scotland, USA, Italy, Spain, and Canada. He wrote hymns 43, 52, 56, 57, 81, 110 ,159, 164, 172, 291, 297, 302, 335, 343, 344, 398, 406, and 410.
Robert Skerritt (1875- ) was in the work in Ireland, USA, and Sweden. He lived his latter days in California, USA. He wrote hymn 28.
Glenn Smith (1880-1968) Glenn wrote the music to his hymns. He laboured in eastern USA and South America. He wrote hymns 83, 181, 242, 296, 339, 341, 350, 381, and 382.
Mrs. Mabel Reid Smith (1883-1968) was also in the work for a short time. She wrote hymns 272, 338, and 354. A worker in a little meeting after the funeral of a sister worker wondered if that person could speak from eternity what message she would give them. She suggested it would be “Fight On, Tis Not In Vain.” This was the thought that prompted hymn 354. Hymn 338 was written in hope of helping someone that she heard was fighting a losing battle. That hymn no doubt has helped many others since.
Milne Stauffer (1887-1921) wrote hymns 4 and 176. He was born and lived in Ontario, Canada. In his early days, he was a shoemaker, during which time he professed. Later he went into the work and continued for several years in Canada and the USA. His health failed, and for a time he worked with his hands in Wisconsin, hoping to regain his health. Later he came to his father’s home in Ontario, and after some time went to the extreme north on a trapping expedition. He had to make rounds of these traps, which are often set on the banks of rivers and streams. It was thought that while doing this he had crossed a river and fell through the ice at some soft spot, as it was near spring . As far as is known, his body was never found. He had a poetic nature and loved to get away alone. As well as having written these hymns, he also wrote a poem entitled “The Two Ways” following this thought throughout the entire Bible. It is told that Milne and his companion once had been a long time looking for a mission, and then they were told of a very religious man whom they went to see, but he would have nothing to do with them. They went back on
the road and took off their boots to ease their feet, and found they were bleeding. It was soon afterwards he wrote hymn 4.
John Sullivan (1874-1924) was born in Dunmanway, County Cork. He died in Australia. For a time, he was a school teacher in Co. Tipperary, where he heard and readily embraced the Truth. He soon afterwards went forth into the work in 1900. He is the author of one of our special favorites, hymn 46. The story is told of his sister, whose husband died leaving her in distress. John felt he ought to help her, so with the works of his hands he built her a house and put her on her feet. Then the thought came if he could do this for another, he could do it for himself. A battle went on in his heart and mind until one day he set out to meditate and pray under a bush which was opposite the home. There he got the thoughts for this hymn. He later put them into hymn form.
Henry Swanepoel (1903-1968) was from Zimbabwe. Henry laboured in South Africa, Zimbabwe (South Rhodesia), Zambia, and Zaire. He wrote hymn 278.
Roy Taylor (1903-1960) Roy professed in 1923 and entered the work in 1925. He was quite a young worker in the States when he wrote hymn 232 (see Lamentations 3:23), which has since become quite a favorite with many. He laboured in USA, Chile, Argentina, and Mexico. He died in Mexico.
Mrs. Mary Lou (Fontaine) Todd is from the USA. She wrote hymn 407.
Thomas Turner (1878-1959) was from Ireland. Tom went into the work in 1900, and in 1905 he went to Australia. He wrote hymns 306, 365 and 369.
Aleck Welker (1888-1967) married Queenie Higgins of Avoca. He wrote hymn 36. He was in the work in Australia, NZ, and for a time New South Wales. He has a daughter in the work in Malayasia.
Mrs. Violet Webster was from Australia. Violet and her husband professed in 1915. They lived in Melbourne, Australia. She wrote hymn 156.
James Wright (1888-1962) came from a village near Debenham, Suffolk. He was a number of years in England, and then he went to Canada. He wrote hymns 226 and 285.