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  • Ah Holy Jesus

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    Advanced LevelHerzliebster Jesu (usually translated into English as Ah, Holy Jesus ) is a German hymn written in 1630 by Johann Heermann, a German poet and hymn-writer.

  • Amazing Grace

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    Advanced LevelAmazing Grace is a Christian hymn written by English poet and clergyman John Newton (1725-1807). Published in 1779, it is one of the most recognizable songs in the English-speaking world.

  • And Can It Be

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    Advanced LevelAnd Can It Be was first published in John Wesley’s Psalms and Hymns in 1738, then in Hymns and Sacred Poems in 1739. From middle of the nineteenth century on, “And Can It Be” has been set to the tune SAGINA.

  • Doxology (Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow)

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    Advanced Level — This hymn was written in 1674 by Thomas Ken, a priest in the Church of England. The last stanza has come into widespread use as the Doxology, perhaps the most frequently used piece of music in public worship. At Ken’s request, the hymn was sung at his funeral, fittingly held at sunrise.

  • The Old Rugged Cross

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    Advanced Level — As a Methodist evangelist, Bennard wrote the first verse of “The Old Rugged Cross” in Albion, Michigan, in the fall of 1912 after he was ridicule during a revival meeting. Several days later he completed it and sang it as a duet at another one of his meetings.

  • There is Power in the Blood

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    Advanced Level — In an interview with Preacher Magazine in 1950, Lewis Edgar Jones (who wrote Power in the Blood) said, “In regard to the writing of my songs, [I] would say that a great many came from sentences in a pastor’s sermons … I remember that ‘Power in the Blood’ was written during a camp meeting at Mountain Lake Park, Maryland.”

  • This Is My Father’s World

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    Advanced Level — This is My Father’s World is a hymn written by Maltbie Davenport Babcock, a minister from New York. The piece was published after his death in 1901 at age 42.

  • We Gather Together

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    Advanced LevelWe Gather Together is a Christian hymn of Dutch origin. In the United States, it is popularly associated with Thanksgiving Day.