Arranger: Thomas Andrew Dorsey

Thomas Andrew Dorsey was born in Villa Rica, a small rural town near Atlanta, Georgia. In 1919 he moved to Chicago. Most of his musical training was in the church, but he also studied and played jazz and blues. He later combined jazz and blues with religious texts, giving birth to gospel music. In 1931, along with Magnolia Lewis-Butts and Theodore Roosevelt Frye, he established the first gospel choir at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Chicago. He went on to lead the gospel choir at Pilgrim Baptist Church, which he led for 60 years. Dorsey was also instrumental in founding the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses (NCGCC) in 1933. The convention taught choirs all over the country how to sing gospel music. Dianne Shapiro, from "Gosp… Go to person page >

Composer: George N. Allen

George Nelson Allen (1812-1871), studied at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Oh OH and with Lowell Mason in Boston. Allen gave a strong musical foundation to Oberlin College in its earliest years; in addition to being Professor of Music he also served as Professor of Geology and Natural History, Secretary and Treasurer. In 1835 he compiled The Oberlin Social and Sabbath Hymn Book, in which appeared his most well known tune MAITLAND (also known as CROSS AND CROWN or WESTERN MELODY) with the text "Must Jesus bear the cross alone?". This was adapted by Thomas A. Dorsey in 1938 for his hymn "Precious Lord, take my hand". hand." He composed anthems and wrote some additional music for Isaac Woodbury's Oratorio "Absalom." He compiled a small 3"… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Arranger: Thomas Andrew Dorsey
Composer: George N. Allen
Meter: Irregular
Incipit: 34555 13321 16166
Key: A♭ Major
Copyright: © 1938 by Hill & Range Songs, Inc., renewed, assigned to Unichappell Music, Inc.



Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

  • Blessed Assurance: 3 Gospel Hymn Accompaniments for Piano
    Composer/Editor David M. Cherwien
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (1998) pp. 9

Organ Solo

  • Hymn Prelude Library Volume Nine Tunes PQR: Lutheran Service Book
    Composer/Editor Kevin J. Hildebrand
    Published By: Concordia Publishing House (2016) pp. 22
  • Six Gospel Preludes
    Composer/Editor Wilbur C. Held
    Published By: MorningStar Music Publishers, Inc. (1999) pp. 3

Piano Solo

  • I Have Heard You Calling in the Night: Piano Reflections for Memorial Services
    Composer/Editors Jane Holstein; Emily Lund
    Published By: Hope Publishing Company (2014) pp. 54
  • Gospel's Finest
    Composer/Editor Anonymous
    Published By: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation (2004) pp. 84
  • The Old-Time Religion: Sacred Piano Solos
    Composer/Editor Rebecca Bonam
    Published By: SoundForth (1999) pp. 31
  • Notes from a Thankful Heart: Solos for the Advanced Pianist
    Composer/Editor Marilynn Joy Ham
    Published By: Lillenas Publishing Company (1990) pp. 44
  • Bock's Best Volume I: 50 Outstanding Piano Arrangements of Hymns and Gospel Songs
    Composer/Editor Fred Bock
    Published By: Fred Bock Music Company (1980) pp. 106


Instances (1 - 60 of 60)

African American Heritage Hymnal #471

African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #393

Baptist Hymnal 1991 #456

Baptist Hymnal 2008 #450

Breaking Bread (Vol. 39) #677

Celebrating Grace Hymnal #400

Chalice Hymnal #628

Christian Worship (1993) #451

Christian Worship #835

Common Praise (1998) #509

Evangelical Lutheran Worship #773

Gather (3rd ed.) #955

Gather Comprehensive #874

Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #847

Glory and Praise (3rd. ed.) #424

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Glory to God #834

Hymnal Supplement 1991 #824

Hymnal #575

Hymns for a Pilgrim People #434

Hymns of Promise #93

Journeysongs (3rd ed.) #548

Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #780

Lift Every Voice and Sing II #106


Lift Up Your Hearts #465

Lutheran Service Book #739

One in Faith #788

One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism #163

Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #789

Praise for the Lord (Expanded Edition) #610

Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #374

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #493

Rejoice Hymns #504

RitualSong (2nd ed.) #826

RitualSong #754

Sacred Selections for the Church #62

Santo, Santo, Santo #336

Sheng tu shi ge = Hymnary (聖徒詩歌) #514

Singing the Living Tradition #199

Songs of Zion #179

The A.M.E. Zion Hymnal #628

The Book of Praise #675

The Covenant Hymnal #413


The Cyber Hymnal #5607

The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #463

The New Century Hymnal #472

The New National Baptist Hymnal (21st Century Edition) #305

The Presbyterian Hymnal #404


The United Methodist Hymnal #474

The Worshiping Church #638

This Far By Faith #193

Total Praise #478

Voices Together #610

Voices United #670

With One Voice #731

Wonder, Love, and Praise #800

Worship (4th ed.) #980

Worship and Rejoice #500

Worship in Song #178

Yes, Lord! #384

찬송과 예배 = Chansong gwa yebae = Come, Let Us Worship #309

Include 15 pre-1979 instances
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