God be with you

God be with you. Thomas A. Dorsey* (1899-1993), Artelia W. Hutchins, and Jeremiah Eames Rankin* (1828-1904). This hymn of benediction by gospel legend Thomas A. Dorsey (1899-1993), often labeled as ‘The Father of Gospel Music’ in the African American context, is second its popularity following ‘Precious Lord, take my hand’* (1932) in the composer’s gospel compositions (Kemp, n.p.).  The text of this hymn is similar to ‘God be with you till we meet again’* (1880) by American congregational minister Jeremiah Eames Rankin (1828-1904). Both hymns were written as hymns of benediction or sending forth. The first stanza of Rankin’s hymn implies an earthly parting:  God be with you till we meet...

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