‘Are ye able’, said the Master
‘Are Ye Able’, said the Master. Earl B. Marlatt* (1892-1976).
This hymn of self-dedication, entitled ‘Challenge’, was written for the 23 February 1926 consecration service of the School of Religious Education and Social Service at Boston University (it was relocated on Boston’s Beacon Hill in 1921: http://www.bu.edu/sth-history/graduates/school-of-religious-education-and-social-service/). It was composed to an existing and familiar tune by Harry Mason (1881-1964), a student at the School, and was first sung from a mimeographed page (see following).
Stanzas 1, 2, 4-6 were published at 174 in H. Augustine Smith*’s The American Student Hymnal (New York, 1928), with stanza 1 line 2...
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