Who is he, in yonder stall
Who is he, in yonder stall. Benjamin R. Hanby* (1833-1867).
Written in 1866, not long before Hanby’s death in the following year. It was first published in The Dove, a Collection of Music for Day and Sunday Schools, Juvenile Singing Classes, and the Social Circle (Chicago, 1866), where it had eight two-phrase stanzas. It was then included in The Amaranth (1872), the first authorized Sunday-school book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Two stanzas were added when it was published in Ira D. Sankey*’s Sacred Songs and Solos No. 2 (1881):
Who is he the people bless
For his words of gentleness?
Who is he the gathering throng
Greet with loud triumphant song?
Since that time,...
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