Music

William J. Kirkpatrick

William J. Kirkpatrick was born on the 27th February 1838 in Duncannon, Pennsylvania. His father Thomas Kirkpatrick was an ordinary teacher and a music teacher in a school. Already from an early age was William occupied with music lessons. Eventually, he became to be a musician who could play cello, flute, organ and violin. He was a member of the Harmonia and Handel and Haydn Sacred Music Societies where he came into contact with several great composers. He came also in contact with Dr. Leopold Meignen who taught him in the theory of music and composing. William J. Kirkpatrick became to be a composer. Together with John R. Sweeney he composed more than 80 collections of gospel songs. Between 1880 and 1897 he and Sweeney published 49 books at 8 publishing companies in the USA and 1 in London, England. Under these books were 6 books for Sunday schools and 5 compositions for Church choirs. In addition to these books, there were still many others. He published before he got the general guidance about the music of the Grace Methodist Episcopal Church.

William J. Kirkpatrick died on 20 september 1921.



Willam J. Kirkpatrick
1838- 1921

 

 

One of his songs:

 

Praise Jehovah

 

Hallelujah, praise Jehovah, from the heavens praise His Name;
Praise Jehovah in the highest, all His angels, praise proclaim.
All His hosts, together praise Him, sun and moon and stars on high;
Praise Him, O you heav’ns of heavens, and you floods above the sky.

Let them praises give Jehovah, for His Name alone is high,
And His glory is exalted, and His glory is exalted,
And His glory is exalted far above the earth and sky.

Let them praises give Jehovah, they were made at His command;
Them forever He established, His decree shall ever stand,
From the earth, O praise Jehovah, all you seas, you monsters all,
Fire and hail and snow and vapors, stormy winds that hear His call.

Let them praises give Jehovah, for His Name alone is high,
And His glory is exalted, and His glory is exalted,
And His glory is exalted far above the earth and sky.

All you fruitful trees and cedars, all you hills and mountains high,
Creeping things and beasts and cattle, birds that in the heavens fly,
Kings of earth, and all you people, princes great, earth’s judges all;
Praise His Name, young men and maidens, agèd men, and children small.

Let them praises give Jehovah, for His Name alone is high,
And His glory is exalted, and His glory is exalted,
And His glory is exalted far above the earth and sky.

Text and photo: http://www.hymntime.com/tch/

 

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