O spread the tidings ’round, where ever man is found

O spread the tidings ’round, where ever man is found. Francis Bottome* (1823-1894). According to Donald P. Hustad* (1978, p. 77) this hymn was first published in the 1890 edition of Precious Hymns for Times of Refreshing and Revival (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), selected by Thomas Harrison (nda), musical editors, John R. Sweney* and William J. Kirkpatrick*. It was published with its tune, COMFORTER, by Kirkpatrick, referring to the refrain:   The Comforter has come! The Comforter has come!   The Holy Ghost from heav’n, the Father’s promise giv’n, O spread the tidings ’round, where ever man is found,         The Comforter has come! This is an optimistic hymn: the long night is past and the...

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