How to reach the masses

How to reach the masses. (‘Lift him up’). Johnson Oatman, Jr.* (1856–1922).  This is often known by its title as ‘Lift him up’. It is difficult to determine the exact date of the hymn’s composition: Hymnary.org indicates its initial publication in Golden Songs of Glory (Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, 1906), Shining Light (Atlanta, Georgia, 1906), The Star of Hope (Huntsville, Alabama, 1906)—all the same year and all in the southern United States. Following in close succession was the inclusion of the hymn in Beall’s Gospel Songs with Supplement Entitled Favorite Hymns (Douglasville, Georgia, 1907), Golden Grain (Moultrie, Ohio, 1907), and Songs of Pentecostal Power, Complete (Chattanooga,...

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