The prize is set before us
The prize is set before us. Christopher Rubey Blackall* (1830-1924).
According to JJ, p. 144, this was written for the Sunday school of the Second Baptist Church, Chicago, Illinois, in 1874, and set to music by Horatio Richmond Palmer* (1834-1907). It was published in Palmer’s Songs of Love for the Bible School (1871), and later in Ira D. Sankey*’s Sacred Songs and Solos (1881 edition), where it remains, with Palmer’s tune, to this day. It was also included in Palmer’s Book of Gems for the Sunday School (1887). It became extremely popular in books for Sunday schools during the 1870s and 1880s (see Sunday school hymns, USA*), and continued to be printed in similar books at least until 1936,...
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