History of Hymns

Since the 1700's, (and probably before that time), many hymns have been passed down from generation to generation. The hymns listed below, together with the published date and composer, are some of the most well-known.

 

SONG TITLE

WORDS

MUSIC

DATE

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Martin Luther

Martin Luther

1529

Doxology††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Thomas Ken

Louis Bourgeois

1670

While Shepherds Watched

Nahum Tate

George F. Handel

1700

When I Survey The Wondrous Cross

Isaac Watts

Lowell Mason

1707

Christ The Lord Is Risen Today

Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley

1708

Joy To The World

Isaac Watts

Lowell Mason

1719

O God Our Help In Ages Past

Isaac Watts

William Croft

1719

Hark The Herald Angels Sing

Charles Wesley

Felix Mendelssohn

1739

O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing

Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley

1739

Be Present At Our Table Lord

John Cennick

Louis Bourgeois

1741

Hallelujah Chorus

George Frederick Handel

George Frederick Handel

1742

O Come All Ye Faithful

John F. Wade

John F. Wade

1743

Rock Of Ages

Augustus Toplady

Thomas Hastings

1776

All Hail The Power Of Jesus Name

Edward Perronet

Oliver Holden

1779

Blessed Be The Tie That Binds

John Fawcett

Hans G. Nagelli

1782

Angels From The Realms Of Glory

James Montgomery

Henry T. Smart

1816

Silent Night

Joseph Mohr

Franz X. Gruber

1820

Holy Holy Holy

Reginald Heber

John B. Dykes

1826

Amazing Grace

John Newton

James P. Carrell

1829

O Worship The King

Sir Robert Grant

Johann M. Haydn

1833

Just As I Am

Charlotte Elliot

William Bradbury

1836

I Saw Three Ships

Christiana Rosetti

Traditional

1840

Nearer My God To Thee

Sarah F. Adams

Lowell Mason

1841

Sweet Hour Of Prayer

William Walford

William B. Bradbury

1845

Lordís Prayer, The

Albert Hay Malotte

Lowell Mason

1846

Abide With Me

Henry F. Lyte

William H. Monk

1847

O Holy Night

John S. Dwight

Adolphe C. Adam

1847

All Things Bright And Beautiful

Cecil F. Alexander

Martin F. Shaw

1848

Come O Come Emmanuel

John Mason Neale

Traditional

1851

Good King Wenceslaus

John Mason Neale

Traditional

1853

Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus

George Duffield Jr.

Edwin O. Excell

1858

As With The Gladness Men Of Old

William C. Dix

Konrad Kocher

1860

Blessed Redeemer

Fanny J. Crosby

Ira D. Sankey

1860

Day By Day

Karolina W. Sandell-berg

Oskar Ahnfelt

1860

Jesus Loves Me

Anna B. Warner

William B. Bradbury

1860

Jesus Loves The Little Children

C. Herbert Woolston

George F. Root

1860

Battle Hymn Of The Republic

Julia Ward Howe

John William Steffe

1861

Christ Arose

Robert Lowry

Robert Lowry

1862

He Leadeth Me

Joseph H. Gilmore

William B. Bradbury

1862

I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

John B. Calkin

1864

Shall We Gather At The River

Robert Lowry

Robert Lowry

1864

Onward Christian Soldiers

Sabine Baring-Gould

Arthur S. Sullivan

1865

What Child Is This

William C. Dix

Traditional

1865

More Like Jesus Would I Be

Fanny J. Crosby

William Howard Doane

1867

O Little Town Of Bethlehem

Phillips Brooks

Lewis H. Redner

1867

Beneath The Cross Of Jesus

Elizabeth C. Clephane

Frederick C. Maker

1868

In the Sweet By And By

Sanford F. Bennett

Joseph P. Webster

1868

Safe In The Arms Of Jesus

Fanny J. Crosby

William Doane

1868

What A Friend We Have In Jesus

Joseph M. Scriven

Charles C. Converse

1869

Give Of Your Best To The Master

Howard B. Grose

Charlotte A. Barnard

1870

I Am So Glad That Our Father In Heaven

Philip P. Bliss

Philip P. Bliss

1870

Jesus Loves Even Me

Philip P. Bliss

Philip P. Bliss

1870

Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior

Fanny J. Crosby

William Howard Doane

1870

Praise Him! Praise Him!

Fanny J. Crosby

Chester G. Allen

1870

Rescue The Perishing

Fanny J. Crosby

William Howard Doane

1870

Almost Persuaded

Philip P. Bliss

Philip P. Bliss

1871

Good Christian Men Rejoice

John Mason Neale

Traditional

1871

O Dem Golden Slippers

James Bland

James Bland

1871

I Need Thee Every Hour

Annie Sherwood Hawks

Robert Lowry

1872

Blessed Assurance

Fanny Crosby

Phoebe Knapp

1873

Dare To Be A Daniel

Philip P. Bliss

Philip P. Bliss

1873

It Is Well With My Soul

H.G. Spafford

Philip P. Bliss

1873

Bringing In The Sheaves

Knowles Shaw

George A. Minor

1874

Close To Thee

Fanny J. Crosby

Silas J. Vail

1874

Faith Of Our Fathers

Frederick W. Faber

Henri F. Hemy

1874

I Love To Tell The Story

Katherine Hankey

William G. Fischer

1874

To God Be The Glory

Fanny J. Crosby

William Howard Doane

1874

All The Way My Saviour Leads Me

Fanny J. Crosby

William Howard Doane

1875

Light Of The World Is Jesus, The

Philip P. Bliss

Philip P. Bliss

1875

Near The Cross

Fanny J. Crosby

William Howard Doane

1875

Wonderful Words Of Life

Philip P. Bliss

Philip P. Bliss

1875

Ninety And Nine, The

Ira D. Sankey

Ira D. Sankey

1876

Are You Washed In The Blood

Elisha A. Hoffman

Elisha A. Hoffman

1878

Softly And Tenderly

Will L. Thompson

Will L. Thompson

1880

Tell Me The Story Of Jesus

Fanny J. Crosby

J.R. Sweney

1880

Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus

Louisa Stead

William Kirkpatrick

1882

God Be With You

Jeremiah E. Rankin

W.G. Tomer

1883

There Shall Be Showers Of Blessings

Daniel W. Whittle

James McGranahan

1883

Away In A Manger

Martin Luther

James R. Murray

1885

I Will Sing The Wondrous Story

Francis H. Rawley

Peter B. Billhorn

1886

Standing On The Promises

R. Kelso Carter

R. Kelso Carter

1886

Trust And Obey

John H. Sammis

Daniel B. Towner

1886

Leaning On The Everlasting Arms

Elisha Hoffman

Anthony J.Showalter

1887

Sunshine In My Soul

Eliza E. Hewitt

John R. Sweney

1887

He Hideth My Soul

Fanny J. Crosby

William Kirkpatrick

1890

I Must Tell Jesus

Elisha A. Hoffman

Elisha A. Hoffman

1893

When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder

James M. Black

James M. Black

1893

I Surrender All

Judson Van De Venter

Winfield S. Weeden

1896

Count Your Blessings

Johnson Oatham Jr.

Edwin O. Excell

1897

Higher Ground

Johnson Oatman

Charles H. Gabriel

1898

Iíll Be A Sunbeam

Nellie Talbot

Edwin O. Excell

1900

This Is My Fatherís World

Maltbie D.Babcock

Franklin L. Sheppard

1901

Near To The Heart Of God

Cleland McAffee

Cleland McAffee

1903

His Eye Is On The Sparrow

Civilla D. Martin

Charles H. Gabriel

1905

Go Tell It On The Mountain

John W. Work Jr.

Traditional

1907

Have Thine Own Way Lord

Adelaide A. Pollard

George C.Stebbins

1907

Will The Circle Be Unbroken

Ada R. Habershon

Charles H. Gabriel

1907

God Leads Us Along

G.A. Young

G.A. Young

1908

He Keeps Me Singing

Luther B. Bridgers

Luther B. Bridgers

1910

Evening Prayer, An

Charles Batterby

Charles H. Gabriel

1911

In The Garden

C. Austin Miles

C. Austin Miles

1912

Love Lifted Me

James Rowe

Howard E. Smith

1912

Brighten The Corner Where You Are

Ina D. Ogdon

Charles H. Gabriel

1913

Old Rugged Cross, The

George Bennard

George Bennard

1913

Iíd Rather Have Jesus

Rhea F. Miller

George Beverly Shea

1922

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Thomas Chisholm

William M. Runyan

1923

Precious Memories

J.B.F. Wright

J.B.F. Wright

1925

Heís Got The Whole World In His Hands

Eugene Thomas

Traditional

1927

Iíll Fly Away

Albert E. Brumley

Albert E. Brumley

1932

Precious Lord, Take My Hand

Thomas A. Dorsey

Thomas A. Dorsey

1932

He Lives

Alfred H. Ackley

Alfred H. Ackley

1933

Just A Little Talk With Jesus

Cleavant Derricks

Cleavant Derricks

1933

Beyond The Sunset

Virgil P. Brock

Blanche Kerr Block

1936

How Great Thou Art

Stuart K. Hine

Stuart K. Hine

1936

Peace In The Valley`

Thomas A. Dorsey

Thomas A. Dorsey

1937

When The Saints Go Marching In

Virgil O. Stamps

Traditional

1937

For God So Loved The World

Alfred B. Smith

Alfred B. Smith

1938

Thank You Lord

Mr. &Mrs. Seth Sykes

Mr. & Mrs. Seth Sykes

1940

Little Drummer Boy, The

Katherine K. Davis

Harry Simeone

1941

Just A Closer Walk

J.R. Baxter Jr.

JR. Baxter Jr.

1948

I Know Who Holds Tomorrow

Ira Stanphill

Ira Stanphill

1950

Mansion Over The Hilltop

Ira Stanphill

Ira Stanphill

1950

It Is No Secret

Stuart Hamblen

Stuart Hamblen

1950

Morning Has Broken

Eleanor Farjeon

Eleanor Farjeon

1957

Because He Lives

William J. Gaither

William J. Gaither

1971

Turn Your Radio On

Albert Brumley

Albert Brumley

1972

Majesty

Jack Hayford

Jack Hayford

1981