A Biography of REV. Henry Ward Beecher

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1888 Excerpt: ...cut out from a newspaper the verses beginning ' My days are gliding swiftly by,' and with that conversation in his mind he sat down and wrote the 'Shining Shore' to go with them. Whether this tune has justified my idea or not, it has been employed in this congregation for many years. Moreover, it was taken ...
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A biography of Rev. Henry Ward Beecher

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1888 Excerpt: ...cut out from a newspaper the verses beginning ' My days are gliding swiftly by,' and with that conversation in his mind he sat down and wrote the 'Shining Shore' to go with them. Whether this tune has justified my idea or not, it has been employed in this congregation for many years. Moreover, it was taken by the Brooklyn Fourteenth Regiment to the war, it was performed by their band, and whenever they gave anything like a serenade in the army the 'Shining Shore' was called for. Since that time this tune has been played and sung all over the continent. How great a favorite it has been here you know." This collection was vehemently attacked by one of the religious papers of the day in the lead, several others following, and was vigorously defended by Mr. Beecher in a series of articles in the Independent over his well-known signature, the. So simple a matter as bringing out a hymn-book for the use of his own church, and only for others so far as they chose, would hardly seem likely to call out so strong a protest, but it shows the position that he had already come to occupy in the public mind. With his advanced views and strong following, everything that he did demanded examination, must be sifted and probably marked dangerous. In the vigorous defence of this child of his heart he discourses at length upon hymns. We have room for only two or three extracts: "Hymns are the exponents of the inmost piety of the Church. They are crystalline tears, or blossoms of joy, or holy prayers, or incarnated raptures. They are the jewels which the Church has worn; the pearls, the diamonds, and precious stones formed into amulets more potent against sorrow and sadness than the most famous charms of wizard or magician. And he who knows the way that hymns flowed kno...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781143732140
  • Publisher: Nabu Press
  • Publication date: 2/4/2010
  • Pages: 726
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 1.45 (d)

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