Tell me the old, old story

Tell me the old, old story. Arabella Catherine Hankey* (1834-1911). This is the companion-piece to Hankey’s ‘I love to tell the story’*. It is part of a poem entitled ‘The Story Wanted’, written on 29 January 1866 when Hankey was recovering from illness. In November of the same year she wrote ‘The Story Told’ (from which comes I love to tell the story*). It was published, probably in leaflet form, and certainly as The Old, Old Story (1867), when the British Library copy was described as ‘Fortieth Thousand’. It became famous in the USA to a tune by William Howard Doane* entitled TELL ME THE OLD, OLD STORY, published in a song book called The Silver Spray (ca. 1868), and used for the hymn...

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