Standing by a purpose true (Dare to be a Daniel)
Standing by a purpose true (Dare to be a Daniel). Philip P. Bliss* (1838-1876).
This rousing gospel hymn was published in Sunshine for Sunday Schools (1873) with a note ‘Dedicated to “Daniel’s Band” of the First Congregational Church, Chicago’ (Taylor, 1989, p. 173). Hymnary.org notes its appearance in the following year in Gospel Songs: a choice collection of hymns and tunes, new and old, for gospel meetings, prayer meetings, Sunday schools, etc. (Cincinnati, 1874), where it was entitled ‘Daniel’s Band’, and in which it was preceded by two quotations from The Book of Daniel:
1: 8: ‘But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor...
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