Memoirs:  Great Composers in Retrospect

Edwin Othello Excell
     Edwin Othello Excell (1851-1921) was an American composer of hymns and music director. Composed the music for the hymn "Count Your Blessings," "Jesus Bids Us Shine," "I'll Be A Sunbeam," and both the words and music for "Since I Have Been Redeemed." Worked with evangelists Sam Jones (for two decades) and Gipsy Smith.

     In 1871, Mr. Excell began teaching country singing schools, in which he was quite successful. This same year he also married Miss Jennie Bell, daughter of Hon. A. W. Bell, of East Brady, Pennsylvania. For a time Mr. Excell resided in East Brady, and had been engaged in singing campaign 
songs for not only General U.S. Grant, but also for his father-in-law who was a candidate. About this time Rev. Dr. J. B. Espy, of East Brady M. E. [Methodist Episcopal] Church, began a revival meeting and solicited the services of Mr. Excell to conduct the music. He responded to the call and under his leadership and stirring solos a great revival followed, Mr. Excell himself being one of the many converts. From this time on he devoted his energies to sacred song, and to more thoroughly equip himself for his chosen field of labor, he studied under Dr. George Root.
Isaac Watts
     Isaac Watts, (born July 17, 1674, Southampton, Hampshire, England—died November 25, 1748, Stoke Newington, London), English Nonconformist minister, regarded as the father of English hymnody.

     Watts wrote educational books on geography, astronomy, grammar, and  philosophy, which were widely used throughout the 18th century. He is now best known, however, for his hymns. The famous hymns were written during Watts’s Mark Lane ministry. His first collection of hymns and sacred lyrics was Horae Lyricae (1706), quickly followed by Hymns and Spiritual Songs (1707), which included “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” “There Is a Land of Pure Delight,” and others that have become known throughout 
Protestant Christendom. The most famous of all his hymns, “Our God, Our Help in Ages Past” (from his paraphrase of Psalm 90), and “Jesus Shall Reign” (part of his version of Psalm 72), almost equally well known, were published in The Psalms of David Imitated in the Language of the New Testament… (1719). He also wrote religious songs especially for children; these were collected in Divine Songs for the Use of Children (1715).sylvania. For a time Mr. Excell resided in East Brady, and had been engaged in singing campaign 

D i r e c t o r y
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A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
A Pure Heart
A Shelter In The Time Of Storm
Abide With Me
All Creatures of our God and King
Almost Persuaded
All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name
All Praise to Thee My God
All The Way My Savior Leads Me
All The Way To Calvary
All to You
All Ye Nations
Amazing Grace
And Can It Be That I Should Gain
Angels From the Realms of Glory
Anything That Cost Me Nothing
Are Ye Able, Said the Master
- B -
Be Still And Know That I Am God
Begin My Tongue Some Heavenly Theme
Bless His Holy Name
Blessed Be The Name
Blessed Be Your Name
Blest Be The Tie That Binds
- C -
Children of the Heavenly Father
Christ The Lord Is Risen Today
Come, Christians, Join to Sing
Come Holy Spirit Heavenly Dove
Come Into His Presence
Come Thou Almighty King
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy
Count Your Blessings
Crown Him With Many Crowns
- D -
Day By Day And With Each Passing Moment
- E -
- E -
Go To Top
- K -
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
- L -
Lead Me to Calvary
Lead On O King Eternal
Let Jesus Come Into Your Heart
Let's Just Praise the Lord
Like A River Glorious
Lo He Comes With Clouds Descending
Lord I'm Coming Home
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
- M -
Make Me A Servant
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Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory
More Love To Thee O Christ
Must Just Jesus Bear the Cross Alone
Must I Go and Empty Handed
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My God, My Father, My Rock
My Hope Is In The Lord
My Jesus I Love Thee
My Shepherd Will Supply My Need
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Near To The Heart of Jesus
No One Understands Like Jesus
Nothing But The Blood
Nothing Is Impossible
Now I Belong to Jesus
Now Thank We All Our God
- O -
O Come O Come Emmanuel
O Day of Rest and Gladness
O for a Heart to Praise My God
O God Our Help In Ages Past
O How He Loves You and Me
O Jesus I Have Promised
O Sacred Head, Now Wounded
O That Will Glory For Me
O The Deep Deep Love Of Jesus
Onward Christian Soldiers
Open My Eyes That I May See