Put forth, O God, thy Spirit’s might

Put forth, O God, thy Spirit’s might. Howard Chandler Robbins* (1876-1952).  First published in New Church Hymnal (New York, 1937), edited by Robbins and three others, H. Augustine Smith*, Edward Shippen Barnes*, and James Dalton Morrison. It was set there to the Scottish ‘common tune’ DUNDEE. It was then included in H40, to a tune called CHELSEA SQUARE, ‘hummed by the author to Ray Francis Brown at the General Theological Seminary, Chelsea Square, New York City, 1941’ (The Hymnal 1940 Companion, pp. 244-5). Brown (1897-1964),a member of the Tunes Committee, arranged the tune. The text was as follows:  Put forth, O God, thy Spirit’s might,   And bid thy Church increase,In breadth and...

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