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Maltbie D. Babcock
Short Name: Maltbie D. Babcock
Full Name: Babcock, Maltbie D. (Maltbie Davenport), 1858-1901
Birth Year: 1858
Death Year: 1901

Maltbie D. Babcock (b. Syracuse, NY, 1858; d. Naples, Italy, 1901) graduated from Syracuse University, New York, and Auburn Theological Seminary (now associated with Union Theological Seminary in New York) and became a Presbyterian minister. He served the Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, Maryland, and the Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City. In Baltimore he was especially popular with students from Johns Hopkins University, but he ministered to people from all walks of life. Babcock wrote hymn texts and devotional, poems, some of which were published in The School Hymnal (1899).

Bert Polman
Babcock, Maltbie Davenport, D.D., was born at Syracuse, N.Y., Aug. 3, 1858. Graduating from Syracuse University, he was ordained to the Presbyterian Ministry and was pastor of churches in Lockport, N.Y., Baltimore, and N.Y. City. He died at Naples, Italy, May 18th, 1901. He was richly gifted, and his short career was memorable for the extraordinary influence of his personality and his preaching. Extracts from his sermons and poems were published in 1901 as Thoughts for Every Day Living; and his Biography by Dr. C. E. Robinson in 1904. He contributed to the Presbyterian School Hymnal, 1899, the following hymns:—
1. Gaily the bells are ringing. Faster.
2. O blessed Saviour, Lord of love. Unto Me.
3. Shining Sun, shining sun. Child's Hymn.
The tunes to these hymns were of his own composing. In The Pilgrim Hymnal, 1904, there is:—
4. Rest in the Lord, my soul. Trust and Peace and in the American Methodist Hymnal, 1905:—
5. Be strong: we are not here to play. Activity in God's Service.
Nos. 4 and 5 are from Thoughts for Every Day Living, 1901; but undated. [Rev. L. F. Benson, D.D.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)

Wikipedia Biography

Maltbie Davenport Babcock (August 3, 1858 – May 18, 1901) was a noted American clergyman and writer of the 19th century. He authored the familiar hymn, This is My Father's World, among others.

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[Awake, little flowers, asleep in the snow]Maltbie D. Babcock (Composer)256531 23543 23213
BABCOCKRev. Maltbie D. Babcock (Composer)755566 11111 2533
SPRINGTIME (Babcock)Maltbie D. Babcock (Composer)455456 51576 54333
[Children, can you truly tell] (Babcock)Maltbie D. Babcock (Composer)333531 23333 35432
DAVENPORTM. D. Babcock (Composer)456155 55614 43
[Dear Savior, ere we part, we lift our hearts to Thee]Maltbie D. Babcock (Composer)211111 15671 26711
[For all the blessings from Thy hand]Maltbie D. Babcock (Composer)213511 76714 33225
[Gaily the bells are ringing]Rev. Maltbie D. Babcock (Composer)256716 75561 55671
[Give, little sunbeams, golden bright] (Babcock)Maltbie D. Babcock (Composer)256721 17665 56721
[Hark! what mean those holy voices] (Babcock)Maltbie D. Babcock (Composer)255345 12367 11234
[Heavenly Father, as we pray] (Babcock)Maltbie D. Babcock (Composer)356713 21275 32756
[Jesus lived and died for you]Maltbie D. Babcock (Composer)232215 44322 34321
[Jesus, tender Shepherd, hear me] (Babcock)Maltbie D. Babcock (Composer)233433 22144 32123
[Shining sun, shining sun]Maltbie D. Babcock (Composer)353363 33212 33443
[Marching on, marching on] (Babcock)Maltbie D. Babcock (Composer)256356 33456 16767
[O blessed Savior, Lord of love]Maltbie Davenport Babcock (Composer)456776 15567 21176
[O dear little New Year]Maltbie D. Babcock (Composer)253211 75432 15543
[O little town of Bethlehem] (Babcock)Maltbie D. Babcock (Composer)255566 55665 31235
[Once a little baby lay] (Babcock)Maltbie D. Babcock (Composer)355155 65335 43231
[Rejoice! rejoice! let all rejoice]Maltbie D. Babcock (Composer)251765 51765 56711
[Ring, ye happy Christmas bells, ring the precious story]Maltbie D. Babcock (Composer)233221 12332 21233
[Savior, blessed Savior] (Babcock)Maltbie D. Babcock (Composer)233345 32123 43215
[Saw you never, in the twilight] (Babcock)Maltbie D. Babcock (Composer)256175 67655 54323
[The Son of God goes forth to war] (Babcock)Rev. M. D. Babcock (Composer)433556 65513 21713
[There rose on the air a sweet, sweet song] (Babcock)Maltbie D. Babcock (Composer)255555 55765 55513
[We thank Thee, dear Father, for care through the night]Maltbie D. Babcock (Composer)255433 21176 55667
[We three kings of Orient are] (Babcock)Maltbie D. Babcock (Composer)233333 12355 55
[What child is this, who, laid to rest] (Babcock)Maltbie D. Babcock (Composer)217633 54432 21765
[While shepherds watched their flocks by night] (Babcock)Maltbie D. Babcock (Composer)212321 44532 34514
[Why do bells for Christmas ring] (Babcock)Maltbie D. Babcock (Composer)233554 46551 17765

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