O brothers, lift your voices

O brothers, lift your voices. Edward Henry Bickersteth* (1825-1906).  The Church Missionary Society was founded in 1799. This hymn was written in 1848, the year in which Bickersteth was ordained as a deacon, to celebrate the Jubilee of the Society in 1849. It was published in the Church Missionary Society Jubilee Tracts (1848). In the following year Bickersteth published Poems, by Edward Henry Bickersteth, curate of Banningham, Norfolk (Cambridge: Macmillan, Barclay, and Macmillan; London: Seeley), dedicated ‘with the warmest love and admiration’ to his father, Edward Bickersteth* (1786-1850). It contained four hymns ‘On the Jubilee Year of the Church Missionary Society’, of which this was...

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