Music: Hymn Writer

"Hymn writers," declared the New York Times last week, "are the real popular poets in the U. S., and composers of hymn tunes the popular composers." Point: it was the 95th birthday of a great U. S. hymnist, sharp-eyed, goateed George Coles Stebbins. He wrote the tunes of Take Time To Be Holy, Saviour Breathe an Evening Blessing, There Is a Green Hill Far Away, some 1,500 others. Hymnist Stebbins sang with the great Moody & Sankey revival team, whom he outlived by many years. He never counted up his output, said: "It's nothing to boast about."


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