[Why do you wait, dear brother] (Root)

[Why do you wait, dear brother] (Root)

Composer: George F. Root
Published in 211 hymnals

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Composer: George F. Root

Root, George F., MUS. DOC, born in Sheffield, Berkshire County, Mass., Aug. 30, 1820. He is much more widely known as a composer of popular music than as a hymn writer. Four of his hymns are in I. D. Sankey's Sacred Songs & Solos, 1878. Nos. 16, 100, 293, and 297. A sympathetic biographical sketch, with portrait, is in The Tonic Sol-Fa Reporter, Sep. 1886. He died Aug. 6, 1895. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: [Why do you wait, dear brother] (Root)
Composer: George F. Root
Meter: with refrain
Incipit: 55565 51122 21123
Key: A Major
Copyright: Public Domain



Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #739
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #7455
Text: Why Do You Wait?
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  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
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Instances (1 - 13 of 13)

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #739

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Church Hymnal, Mennonite #557

Gospel Songs of Praise #15

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Praise for the Lord (Expanded Edition) #772

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Sacred Selections for the Church #623


Small Church Music #2522

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The Cyber Hymnal #7455

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The New National Baptist Hymnal (21st Century Edition) #194

Tuneful Tidings #76

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Yes, Lord! #295

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