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Jesus calls us; o’er the tumult

Jesus calls us! O’er the tumult. Cecil Frances Alexander* (1818-1895). Written for St Andrew’s Day, and included in a book published by the SPCK, Hymns for Public Worship (1852), edited by Thomas Vincent Fosbery*. It was published with an inferior and amended text in its successor, the SPCK Church Hymns (1871) and in the Second Edition of A&M (1875). EH returned to Alexander’s version, and many 20th-century books followed, although successive editions of A&M have stuck to their amended text up to and including A&MCP. This changed verse 4 lines 3-4 from Still he calls, in cares and pleasures,  ‘Christian, love me more than these.’ to the less dramatic third person: ‘That we...

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