Hymn History

A Bit of New Jersey/Hymn Book History

March 1, 2021

“Give ‘em Watts, Boys! Give ‘em Watts!” Just over three decades after Watts lived, his hymns helped New World colonists win independence from Old World defenders, not...

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"What Would You Do (If Jesus Came to Your House)"

February 1, 2021

"What Would You Do (If Jesus Came to Your House)" is a country gospel song, written by Yolanda Adams, Errol McCalla Jr., Jonathan Broussard and Marcus Ecby, and popularized in 1956 by up-and-coming...

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“Oldest Musical Instrument”

February 1, 2021

Archaeologists have found a pre-historic instrument carved from cave bear bones, and it can still be played today. The Neanderthal Flute, found in the cave of Divje Babe in Slovenia, is thought to...

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Standing at the portal New Year. Jan. 4, 1873. Frances R. Havergal

January 1, 2021

Frances Ridley Havergal was born on December 14, 1836, the sixth and last child of Rev. William Henry and Jane Head Havergal. As a child she was called “little quicksilver.” Her...

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Did You Know?

January 1, 2021

Eighteenth-century hymnbooks were usually only collections of texts—they did not include musical notes. The first American hymnal to join tunes with texts was not published until 1831.
The...

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