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There is a city bright

There is a city bright. Amy Deck Walton (?) and Mary Anne Sanderson Deck* (1813-1903). Mary Deck’s husband, the Revd John Deck, held a children’s service on the first Sunday of the year, in which each child was given a card with a motto and a hymn. Stanza 1 (according to the Cyber Hymnal and hymnary.org) was written by Amy Deck Walton for one of those services, probably before 1876 when the tune, CITY BRIGHT, by James S. Tyler, was printed in Songs of Love and Mercy, published by the CSSM (The Children’s Special Service Mission). It was published in four stanzas in the Church Hymnary (1898), where it was attributed to Mary A.S. Deck in the index. It remained in RCH , but not thereafter in...

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